IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks
27-29 November 2018 – Verona, Italy


Tutorial #1: Softwarization Concepts and Practice in 5G Communication Systems: SDN, NFV, ICN

Presenters: Fabrizio Granelli (University of Trento), Frank H. P. Fitzek (TU Dresden)

Time (half-day): Tuesday, November 27, 2018 – 9:00 – 12:30 (with a break between 10:30 – 11:00)



A big step lies ahead when moving from today’s 4G cellular networks to tomorrows 5G network. Today, the network is used for content delivery, e.g. voice, video, data. Tomorrow, the 5G network will be fully softwarized and programmable, with new degrees of freedom.

The aim of the tutorial is to illustrate how the emerging paradigms of Software Defined Networking, Network Function Virtualization, and Information Centric Networking will impact on the development of 5G systems and networks, focusing on the hands-on/practical perspective.

Attendees will be exposed to the most recent technologies in the field of networking and will learn how to use them in a real setup in the “hands-on” session.

The tutorial is split into two sections: (i) the first one, where the attendees will learn the basics of SDN, NFV, and ICN through presentations and some hands-on experiences; (ii) the second one, where the attendees will deploy simple yet complete solutions related to SDN/NFV/ICN application in the framework of 5G (network slicing, mobile edge computing) using their own laptops.

Finally, being the IEEE NFV SDN conference focused on network softwarization and virtualization, the attendees will gain useful insights on such subjects to make conference attendance most fruitful even for non-SDN/NFV experts.

Instructions for attendees:

Most hands-on sessions will be performed by using virtual machines. For this reason, it is highly recommended to all attendees to install VirtualBox ( – preferred) or similar VM software before the event.

Additional useful software to download / install before the event:

Tutorial outline:


  • Brief overview of 5G
  • Basics of SDN: detachment of control and data planes
  • Basics of NFV: detachment of software from hardware
  • Basics of ICN

Hands-On session on Merging SDN, NFV, and ICN

  • Network Slicing with Mininet
  • Mobile Edge Cloud with Docker

Conclusion and wrap-up

CV of Presenters:

Fabrizio Granelli is Associate Professor at the Dept. of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI) of the University of Trento (Italy). From 2012 to 2014, he was Italian Master School Coordinator in the framework of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology ICT Labs Consortium. He was Delegate for Education at DISI in 2015-2016 and he is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Trentino Wireless and Optical Testbed Lab. He was IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer for 2012-15 and IEEE ComSoc Director for Online Content in 2016-17. Prof. Granelli is IEEE ComSoc Director for Educational Services for 2018- 19 and coordinator of the research and didactical activities on computer networks within the degree in Telecommunications Engineering. He was an advisor of more than 80 B.Sc. and M.Sc. theses and 8 Ph.D. theses. He is author or co-author of more than 200 papers published in international journals, books, and conferences in networking, with particular reference to performance modeling, cross-layering, wireless networks, cognitive radios and networks, green networking and smart grid communications.


Frank H. P. Fitzek is a Professor and chair of the communication networks group at Technische Universität Dresden coordinating the 5G Lab Germany. He received his diploma (Dipl.-Ing.) degree in electrical engineering from the University of Technology – Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) – Aachen, Germany, in 1997 and his Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University Berlin, Germany in 2002 and became Adjunct Professor at the University of Ferrara, Italy in the same year. In 2003 he joined Aalborg University as Associate Professor and later became Professor. He co-founded several start-up companies starting with acticom GmbH in Berlin in 1999. He has visited various research institutes including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), VTT, and Arizona State University. In 2005 he won the YRP award for the work on MIMO MDC and received the Young Elite Researcher Award of Denmark. He was selected to receive the NOKIA Champion Award several times in a row from 2007 to 2011. In 2008 he was awarded the Nokia Achievement Award for his work on cooperative networks. In 2011 he received the SAPERE AUDE research grant from the Danish government and in 2012 he received the Vodafone Innovation price. His current research interests are in the areas of wireless and mobile 5G communication networks, mobile phone programming, network coding, cross-layer as well as energy efficient protocol design and cooperative networking.

Tutorial #2OSM (Open Source MANO)

Presenters: Vanessa Little (VMWare, OSM TSC Chair), Ricard Vilalta (CTTC), Eduardo Sousa (Whitestack)

Time (half-day): Tuesday, November 27, 2018 – 14:00 – 17:30 (with a break between 15:30-16:00)


A half-day tutorial that covers theoretical aspects of OSM and how it relates to ETSI NFV Architecture, as well as hands-on exercises on main OSM features. Participants will learn the main aspects of the platform in order to lead their own tests, demonstrations, and contributions.

Tutorial outline:

  • Open Source Mano: Overview of Project Goals and Milestones, Current Status
  • Orchestrating an SFC-enabled SSL/TLS traffic processing architecture using MANO
  • Network Slicing work for OSM
  • Panel Discussion Q&A – discuss and ask the presenters about the OSM project

CV of Presenters:

Vanessa Little – With over 25 years experience in various roles in network and system architecture, mobile video system architecture and governance in both telco and  retail sectors, Van has developed a diverse toolset.  Van spent much of her career as a contractor, working for every telco as well as major retailers in Canada over the years.  Having worked as everything from unix sysadmin to Chief Technical Officer with a number of leadership roles in between, Van has contributed to technologies from mobile, enterprise data centre, multi-national networks and beyond.  Now at VMware as the Director – Global NFV Ecosystem Architecutre Van is focused on leading integrated architectures that integrate all of the NFV partners across the globe in useful NFV solutions that solve for specific problems.  This role has her speaking at conferences around the world, and spreading the word about the strength of the NFV Ecosystem. A member of Women of Openstack, and Women in Comms, Van is active in showcasing and championing women in tech fields.   Currently splitting her time in various open source communities, Van is the current Chair of Technical Steering Committee of Open Source Mano, is a member of the Layer 123 NFV advisory board, and spear headed the VNF Onboarding open source community aka project bellhop.

Ricard Vilalta (Girona, 1983) graduated in telecommunications engineering in 2007 and received a Ph.D. degree in telecommunications in 2013, both from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain. He also has studied Audiovisual Communication at UOC (Open University of Catalonia) and is a master degree on Technology-based business innovation and administration at Barcelona University (UB). Ricard Vilalta is a senior researcher at CTTC, in the Optical Networks and Systems Department. He is an active contributor in several standardization bodies such as ONF, ETSI and IETF. He is also a member of the technical steering team of Open Transport Configuration & Control in ONF. His research is focused on SDN/NFV, Network Virtualization and Network Orchestration. He has been involved in several international, EU, national and industrial research projects: 5GTANGO, 5GCAR, 5G-Crosshaul, EU-Japan STRAUSS, ICT IDEALIST, ICT COMBO, ICT STRONGEST, ICT OFELIA, FP6 E-Cab. He has also authored and co-authored more than 200 journals, conference papers and invited talks.

Eduardo Sousa holds a masters degree in software engineering from Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto as well as a Masters in computer engineering from Universidade de Aveiro, and has been an active researcher in IEETA and the Instituto de Telecomunicações. Currently a Cloud Engineer at Whitestack, Eduardo is a prominent contributor to the Open Source Mano project at ETSI.

Tutorial #3Network Transformation 2.0 for 5G and Edge

Presenters: Sujata Tibrewala, Archana Shinde, MJay, Anurag Ranjan (Intel)

Time (half-day): Tuesday, November 27, 2018 – 9:00 – 12:30 (with a break between 10:30 – 11:00)


The first wave of NFV was about taking a network function and running it as-is in a virtual environment. We will introduce the requirements of 5G, on Network functions to be agile, performant scalable and agile. We will talk about how 5G applications can meet these requirements and about the Network Transformation technologies that help meet these goals. We will talk about abstracted Data Plane Packet Processing framework which hides the details underlying platform details while at the same time leveraging the data plane capability for implementing VNFs. We will then jump right into moving applications and container technology to lightweight virtualized containers such as Kata Containers, discuss how they are assembled and managed, and how they may be of nearly-immediate use to NFV developers and operators. We will end the session with how leveraging applications to the edge helps meet the stringent requirement for 5G. We’ll have a short hands-on session allowing participants to explore the technologies that we will be touching upon. We will also touch upon how the audience in the room can leverage these technologies and help move these forward.

Tutorial outline:

  • Overview
  • Kata Containers – Hypervisor-Based Container Runtime
  • DPDK application Interface
  • Enabling Server-less Computing at the edge of the network with Intel Network Edge Virtualisation SDK

CV of Presenters:

Sujata Tibrewala is an Intel community development manager and technology evangelist who defines programs and training events to ensure that the network developer ecosystem works together toward a common goal: to drive SDN/NFV adoption in the industry using open source ingredients such as DPDK,, Tungsten Fabric, Open VSwitch, Open Stack, ONAP, and more. She is a frequent presenter at various IEEE and industry conferences in SDN/NFV.

Sujata has worked at several companies, including CISCO, Agere, Ericsson, Avaya, Brocade, leading all phases of diverse software technology projects such as an SDN open flow implementation, TCP/IP/Ethernet/VLAN forwarding software development on CISCO switches, and network processors and cloud deployments using virtualization technologies. She has a Masters from IISc Bangalore and Bachelors from IIT Kharagpur and has completed an Executive Women Leadership Program from Stanford.


Archana Shinde is a Software Engineer at Intel, based in Portland Oregon. She holds a graduate degree in Computer Science and has been working an all things open source for the past few years. She has a passion for technology and likes sharing knowledge at technical meet ups. When not working, she enjoys spending time in the outdoors of Oregon.”


M Jay has worked with the DPDK team since 2009. M Jay has authored DPDK Cookbook ebook M Jay joined Intel in 1991 and has worked in various roles and divisions with Intel, including a role as a 64 bit CPU front side bus architect, and as a 64 bit HAL developer.

M Jay holds 21 US Patents, both individually and jointly, all issued while working in Intel. M Jay was awarded the Intel Achievement Award in 2016, Intel’s highest honor based on innovation and results.

Before joining Intel, M Jay architected CPU node board for 1000 node machine design in India. M Jay won Gold medal for graduating with university first rank from TCE, Madurai.

Anurag Ranjan is the global Multi-access Edge Computing lead for Customer Software Enablement at Intel 5G Infrastructure Division. His background in Wireless mobile systems spans long stints as system architect, product manager, and network applications engineer. His programming skills are mainly C/C++ and python, and data analysis using spreadsheet modeling and Monte-Carlo simulation. Aside from work his hobbies and interests include public speaking, fitness, and DIY.

Tutorial #4Dataplane performance testing and benchmarking with OPNFV VSPERF and NFV Bench

Presenters: Sridhar K. N. Rao (Spirent, OPNFV VSPERF PTL)

Time (half-day): Tuesday, November 27, 2018 – 14:00 – 17:30 (with a break between 15:30-16:00)


We will describe how to use OPNFV VSPERF and NFVBench frameworks, and associated tools, for dataplane performance testing and benchmarking. In this 1/2-day tutorial, we propose to cover (a)ETSI-NFV and IEEE Standards and methodologies for NFV-Testing, (b) OP- NFV Testing projects (architecture, usage, applicability, etc.) implementing the standard methodologies (c) Open-source tools such as traffic-generators, monitoring, load-generation, etc. that are part of testing and benchmarking ecosystem.

Instructions for attendees:

The required information is available in the link

Tutorial outline:

  • NFV Testing landscape
  • OPNFV overview: NFV Testing with OPNFV Tools
  • Cloud-Native

CV of Presenters:

Sridhar K. N. Rao received his Ph.D degree in computer science from National University of Singapore, in 2007. He has been worked at Microsoft Innovation Center, Italy, NEC India, Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) Singapore. Sridhar is currently working as Senior Architect with Spirent Communications, India. He has been working on SDN/NFV since its inception. He has worked on various opensource (ODL, ONOS, RYU, OVS etc.) and commercial (NEC) SDN controllers and switching-platforms. He is certified in Next-generation Datacenter Networking, Openstack and Docker container technologies. Sridhar, is working with OPNFV since 2015 and is currently the PTL of OPNFV-VSPERF project. He has been presenter at various Opensource conferences/summits such as OPNFV, ODL, Opensourcesummit-Japan and ONF.