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2023 IEEE GLOBECOM Workshop

FutureG Experimental Test Platforms for Advanced Systems Implementation and Research

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.

We solicit original papers including but not limited to:

  • Advanced wireless networking experimentation
    • New waveforms;
    • Higher frequencies up to THz;
    • Spectrum and wireless management;
    • Integrated sensing and communication;
    • Multiple heterogeneous radio management;
  • Testing Smart/intelligent infrastructure operation and management
    • Advanced protocols and architecture (virtualization, softwarization, programmability)
    • AI applied to infrastructure operation and optimization at all layers;
    • Generation of data to train algorithms;
    • Distribution of intelligence into the Edge of the network;
    • RICs and SOM.
  • Design and validation of new Edge/Fog/Open RAN infrastructures
    • Software and components deployment
    • Distributed resource management
    • Geo-distributed data management
    • Federated deep-learning
    • Use Cases and deployment best practices
  • Methodology for designing and operating a scientific instrument
    • Instrumentation and measurement;
    • Architecture and APIs;
    • Experiment design and life-cycle management;
    • Data management and reproducibility;
    • Testbed implementation and operation

Technical Program Committee:

• Serge Fdida, Sorbonne Université, Co-Chair, France (co-chair)
• Manu Gosain, Northeastern University, Co-Chair, USA (co-chair)

• Srinivas Shakkottai, Texas A&M University, USA
• Aloizio Pereira da Silva, Commonwealth Cyber Initiative & Virginia Tech, USA
• Tommaso Melodia, Northeastern University, USA
• Paul Ruth, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, USA
• Ivan Seskar, Rutgers University, USA
• Kobus Van Der Merwe, University of Utah, USA
• Rudra Dutta, North Carolina State University, USA
• Daniel Kilper, TCD, Ireland
• Hongwei Zhang, Iowa State University, USA
• Didier Bourse, Nokia, France
• Thanasis Korakis, University of Thessaly, Greece
• Andrea Passarella, CNR, Italy
• Bartosz Belter, PSNC, Poland
• Yuri Demchenko, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
• Antonio de la Oliva (University Carlos III of Madrid)
• Ari Pouttu, University of Oulu, Finland
• Christian Perez, INRIA, France
• Costas Filis, Cosmote, Greece
• Sebastien Ziegler, Mandat International, Switzerland
• José Rezende, RNP, Brazil
• Aki Nakao, University of Tokyo, Japan
• JongWon Kim, GIST, Korea
• Alain Mourad, Interdigital, UK
• Raymond Knopp, Eurecom, France
• Per Hjalmar Lehne, TELENOR, Norway
• Vijay Shah, George Mason University, USA
• Chandra R. Murthy, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
• Anthony Franklin, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, India

Important dates:

15 JULY 2023


OCTOBER 1, 2023


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 2:00 – 3:30


Room: 407

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Ilias Syrigos (University of Thessaly, Greece)
Nikos Makris (University of Thessaly & CERTH, Greece)
Thanasis Korakis (University of Thessaly, Greece)

i-CORA – a Large-Scale Experimentation Platform for End-to-End 5G Services

Min Xie (Telenor Research & Telenor Group, Norway)
Muhammad Faheem Awan, Jane Frances Pajo and Abdelhakim Cherifi (Telenor Research and Innovation, Norway) Eric Lajoie (RedHat, Norway)
John Gill (Emblasoft, Norway)

Design and Implementation of Next-generation Research Platforms

Fransiscus Asisi Bimo and Ray-Guang Cheng (National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan)
Chien-Chao Tseng (National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan)
Cheng-Rong Chiang, Chih-Hsiang Huang and Xiu-Wei Lin (National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan)

SLICES Data Management Infrastructure for Reproducible Experimental Research on Digital Technologies

Yuri Demchenko (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Sebastian Gallenmüller (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
Serge Fdida (Sorbonne University, France)
Panayiotis Andreou (University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus)
Damien Saucez (Inria, France)
Thijs Rausch (University of Amsterdam, Ukraine)

Multi-RAT enhanced Private Wireless Networks with Intent-Based Network Management Automation

Amin Emami, Hilary Frank, Wenhao He, Anderson Bravalheri, Adrian-Cristian Nicolaescu, Haiyuan Li, Hamid Falaki, Shuangyi Yan, Reza Nejabati and Dimitra Simeonidou (University of Bristol, United Kingdom (Great Britain))

Remote Orchestration of NextG Services Across the Global Internet: An Experimental Study

Shalini Choudhury (Rutgers University, USA)
Prasad Netalkar (WINLAB, Rutgers University, USA)
Frank Slyne and Diarmuid Collins (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
Sumaiya Binte Ali and Daniel Kilper (Trinity College Dublin & CONNECT Centre, Ireland)
Ivan Seskar (WINLAB, Rutgers University, USA)
Dipankar Raychaudhuri (Rutgers University, USA)


Dec 08 2023


All Day