5G-ready Network Applications Development and Orchestration over Network Slices with Mobility Support

(An integration of the "Mobility Support in Slice-based Network Control for Heterogeneous Environment" and "5G-ready Network Applications Development and Orchestration")

27th November, Verona, Italy

Held in conjunction with the IV IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks


Network slicing has been standing as one of the key enabling technologies for the upcoming 5th Generation of Telecommunications. Alongside other important technologies, such as NFV, SDN and MEC, its contributions to isolated network provisioning in a more dynamic and flexible way are being pursued in different industry and academia arenas throughout the world. Nonetheless, considering the wide range of foreseen enhanced use cases (not only in scope of 5G but also Beyond-5G), slicing aspects have been mostly targeting either enhancements at the radio level, or the integration of cloud resourcing capabilities for supporting network operation at the core and/or the edge. As such, there is a wide gap related with the impact that such slicing-based procedures will exert over mobility management processes for seamless mobility support while the devices, network or services move both physically (i.e., change their network point of attachment) as well as virtually (i.e., between slices). It is evident that a vast majority of access to on-line services is done while on the move, and considers not only human-to-machine communications (such as ultra-HD video conferencing and other services) but also machine-to-machine communications (such as vehicles and drones/UAV’s for Internet of Things scenarios). The objective of the MOBISLICE workshop is to foster the ideas of slice-based designs and technologies in mobile scenarios and assess their impact, proposing solutions and enhancements to their efficient, dynamic and elastic support.

5G networks design and evolution is considered as a key to support the introduction of digital technologies in economic and societal processes, leading to the fourth industrial revolution, which is impacting multiple sectors. To fulfil the set of identified requirements and -in parallel- to take into account the peculiarities associated with each vertical industry, 5G networks have to be operated by intelligent orchestration platforms able to support end-to-end applications and services provision over a programmable network, compute and storage infrastructure. By leveraging virtualization and softwarization technologies, developers and operators have to better match needs and capabilities, building application-aware networks and network-aware applications. Towards this direction, the main technical focus of the 5GNetApp workshop regards the presentation of approaches tackling design, development and orchestration aspects of both network applications and network services, focusing on one hand on the interplay among intelligent orchestration mechanisms in both levels (applications and network services orchestration) and, on the other hand, on validation and verification mechanisms of the developed software. Edge computing synergy with NFV and SDN, Separation of concerns among Intelligent Application and Network Services Orchestration and Validation and Verification of Network Services and VNFs are within the core aspects tackled in the workshop.

Topics of Interest

The MOBISLICE/5GNETApp workshop focuses, but is not limited to, the following topics targeting slicing:

5G-ready Network Applications for 5GNETApp:
  • Intelligent NFV Orchestration Mechanisms;
  • Vertical Applications/Edge Computing Orchestration Mechanisms;
  • Interplay with OSS/Slice Management Systems of Telcos;
  • Edge computing synergy with NFV and SDN;
  • Profiling mechanisms for Network Services and Applications;
  • Northbound slice management interfaces towards vertical application orchestration mechanisms;
  • 5G Network Slice Management;
  • Network Slice Intent modelling and translation mechanisms;
  • Secure Network Services and NetApps Orchestration Mechanisms.
Use cases and architectures for MOBISLICE:
  • Slices in constrained environments (IoT, Edge, etc.);
  • Automotive service and ITS scenarios;
  • Telco Operator and enterprise-based environments;
  • Smart-X slice mobility.
Management and orchestration for MOBISLICE:
  • Common operations and API;
  • Inter- and intra-slice mobility;
  • Lifecycle management;
  • Heterogeneous access convergence;
  • High availability and reliability techniques.
Standardization trends and activities for MOBISLICE:
  • Status and progresses in 3GPP/ETSI/IETF/5GAA and other SDOs;
  • Proposals and standardization direction for advanced slicing;
  • SDN/NFV initiatives;
  • Slice-enhanced Networking and telecommunication protocols.
Beyond-5G slicing:
  • Disruptive architectures;
  • Zero-touch slice performance.


The event will be structured in the following way:

Date: 27th November, 2018 Room: Salotto (1st floot)
Keynote and Projects Presentations

09:00 - 09:50 Keynote Speech (Antonio Capone: New Scenarios for reource slicing and sharing in beyond 5G networks>

09:50 - 10:10 MATILDA Presentation (Franco Davoli)

10:10 - 10:30 5GTANGO Presentation (Stefan Schneider)

Coffee Break (Hotel Foyer)
Papers Session #1

Programming Tools for Rapid NFV-Based Media Application Development in 5G NetworksU. Acar; R. F. Ustok; S. Keskin; D. Breitgand; A. Weit

Edge Computing Enhancements in an NFV-based Ecosystem for 5G Neutral HostsG. Baldoni; P. Cruschelli; M. Paolino; C. C. Meixner; A. Albanese; A. Papageorgiou; H. Khalili; M. S. Siddiqui; D. Simeonidou

5G Framework for automated network adaptation in Mission Critical ServicesE. Jimeno; J. Pérez-Romero; I. Vilà Muñoz; B. Blanco; A. Sanchoyerto; J. F. Hidalgo

A Prototyping Platform to Validate and Verify Network Service Header-based Service ChainsM. Peuster; S. Schneider; F. Christ; H. Karl

Lunch (on your own)
Papers Session #2

Personal Services Placement and Low-Latency Migration in Edge Computing Environments R. Bruschi; F. R. Davoli; P. Lago; C. Lombardo; J. F. Pajo

Refactoring Future Residential Networks into Slices R. Challa, S. Raza, S. Jeon, H. Choo, P. Thorat

SDN-based End-to-End Flow Control in Mobile Slice Environments/u> F. Meneses, D. Corujo, A. Neto, R. Aguiar

Multi-Domain Orchestration for the Deployment and Management of Services on a Slice Enabled NFVI F. Tusa, S. Clayman, D. Valocchi, A. Galis

Coffee Break (Hotel Foyer)
Panel Discussion and Conclusions
MOBISLICE Best Paper Award Ceremony
Workshop End


Prof. Dr. Antonio Capone

Title: New scenarios for resource slicing and sharing in beyond 5G networks

The introduction of 5G is radically changing the mobile network architecture with new instruments for virtualizing most of the basic network functions, facilitating the programmability of application specific functions both at network core and edge, and partitioning the radio access and transport resources so as to optimize the support of a large set of vertical application scenarios. This evolution has required a big research effort to tackle non-trivial technological problems. However, the new scenario is stimulating quite big changes in the economic relations and in the roles of mobile market players, that require new flexible solutions for the allocation of infrastructure and transmission resources to competing operators. The system evolution beyond 5G is then expected to provide new solutions that enable the coexistence of multiple and autonomous decision entities often pursuing conflicting objectives.

This talk will make a link between the technical instruments for network slicing and virtualization on one side and the models for analysing the competition between market players for acquiring the resources for running their applications and serve their customers. It will also make the case for a new approach to infrastructure sharing for mobile networks based on the idea that network resources, both at the wireless access and the core network, can be traded dynamically on a real-time market where virtual operators or tenants compete to obtain the resources to serve their users.

Important Dates and Information

The workshop will be helf on the 27th November, 2018, in conjunction with the IV IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks

Special Issue on Wiley's "Internet Technology Letters"

Improved versions of selected contributions will be invited for possible inclusion in a Special Section of Wiley’s "Internet Technology Letters".

Best Paper Award

Our top quality TPC will sellect a BEST PAPER and present the respective Award Certificate at a ceremony during the workshop session.


Workshop Co-chairs:


Daniel Corujo

Universidade de Aveiro and Instituto de Telecomunicações

Augusto Neto

Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte

Seil Jeon

Sungkyunkwan University

Anastasios Zafeiropoulos

Ubitech Ltd. Research Department

Josep Martrat

Atos Research

Technical Program Committee:

  • Abdelhakim Hafid, University of Montreal
  • Alex Galis, University College London
  • Antonio de la Oliva, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • Carlos Bernardos, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • Christian Rothenberg, University of Campinas
  • Diego Lopez, Telefonica I&D
  • Dirk Trossen, InterDigital
  • Francisco Fontes, Altice Labs
  • Gino Carrozzo, Nextworks
  • John Kaippallimalil, Huawei
  • Juhoon Kim, TU Berlin
  • Kashif Mahmood, Telenor
  • Marco Liebsch, NEC Labs Europe
  • Ramon Casellas, Centre Tecnològic Telecomunicacions Catalunya
  • Riccardo Trivisonno, Huawei
  • Rui Aguiar, Universidade de Aveiro and Instituto de Telecomunicações
  • Sri Gundavelli, Cisco Systems
  • Sung Hwan Won, Nokia Bell Labs
  • Tarik Taleb, Aalto University
  • Yong-Hyuck Evan Kim, Qualcomm
  • Younghan Kim, Soongsil University
  • 5GNETApp:
  • Josep Martrat, Atos Research
  • George Xylouris, NCSR Demokritos
  • Diego López, Telefonica I&D
  • José Bonnet, Altice Labs
  • Ricard Vilalta, CTTC
  • Anastasios Zafeiropoulos, NTUA
  • Eleni Fotopoulou, GRNET
  • Franco Davoli, Uni. Genoa
  • Panagiotis Demestichas, Uni. Piraeus
  • Roberto Bruschi, Uni. Genoa
  • Antonino Albanese, Uni. Palermo
  • Antonio Skarmeta, Uni. Murcia
  • Athanassios Liakopoulos, Uni. Thessaly
  • Wouter Tavernier, Ghent University-imec
  • Attendance

  • Daniel Corujo, IT Aveiro
  • Antonio Capone, Politecnico Milano
  • Francesco Tusa, University College London
  • Franco Davoli, University of Genoa/CNIT
  • Hanzeh Khalili, i2CAT
  • Iris Adam, Nokia Bell Labs
  • Mario Di Mauro, Univ. of Salerno
  • Cagri Senkal, Havelsan, TR
  • Vanessa Little, OSM/VMWare
  • Marco Mussini, SM Optics
  • Refik Fatih Ustok, Netas/5GMEDIA
  • Chiara Lombardo, CNIT/DITEN
  • Joakim Flashagen, FFI
  • Rajesh Challa, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
  • Geroge Xylouris, NCSR Demokritos
  • Hyunseung Choo, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
  • Stefan Schneider, Paderborn University
  • Ashutosh Dutta, Johns Hopkins, Applied Physics Laboratory
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