FutureG Experimental Test Platforms for Advanced Systems Implementation and Research
Serge Fdida, Sorbonne Université, Co-Chair, France (co-chair)
Manu Gosain, Northeastern University, Co-Chair, USA (co-chair)
SCOPE OF THE WORKSHOP
The historic separation between the network and the compute has vanished. As defined by Sun microsystems long ago, “the Network is the Computer” (John Gage 1984); resources are everywhere supported by virtualization, distribution and cloud SaaS. This trend is going to impact the telecommunication and computer-based sectors, from design to products to operation. This will disqualify the multi-year planification approach based on new generations (2G/3G/4G/5G, etc.) and threat the corresponding legacy industry. The science of Digital Infrastructures raises multiple complex challenges to the research community that already started to explore them with an agenda sometimes branded as 6G!. Experimentation is becoming an even more important methodology to assess and qualify the diverse design assumptions and choices in realistic conditions. It addresses the future Internet roadmap with an ambitious agenda regarding the fundamentals and technologies for operating reliable, safe, scalable and efficient infrastructures as well as support the vertical applications that will land on these digital infrastructures. This is the motivation for developing a holistic approach where all resources (compute, storage, network) are associated to continuously design, operate and automate the full life cycle management of applications and services.
The need for a scientific instrument, as a reference to a rigorous methodology developed in many scientific domains, is justified by the emergence of a future Internet including beyond 5G infrastructures that require adapted and well-tailored tools for testing and developing trust and confidence regarding the design and deployment phase. Experimental platforms should be able to address the end-to-end scenario, integrating all technologies and components.
Such platform will allow researcher and industry to question scientific challenges regarding the future technologies and services. They will be based on a technology roadmap that will be consolidated on the basis of the analysis of several inputs provided by the community regarding the wireless technology advances, that are pertinent to the evolution of new radio (NR) and core network (CN) over the next decade 2020-2030.
It is important to note that initiatives exist at the international level with ambitious projects like EU ESFRI SLICES (2021-2040, 150M€), in the US (NSF PAWR 2017-2025 120M$, NSF FABRIC 2019-2024 20M€), BRIDGES (2021-2024, 2.5M$) and China (CENI 018-2022 190M€), and efforts also developing in Japan. In addition, open-source communities developing important components are of utmost importance for test platforms, including O-RAN, ONF and OAI.
We are seeking original, previously unpublished papers empirically addressing key issues and challenges in experimental digital infrastructures, including wireless, IoT, edge, cloud and applications. We are particularly interested in papers describing developments, lesson-learned and new results obtained through platforms for at-scale research mentioned above.
The Workshop program is structured for a full day with Keynote Talks/Panels and paper presentations in the workshop session, complemented with demonstrations if this is made possible.
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