SDN Concept in Generalized Mobile Network Architectures

SIGMONA

Project description

SIGMONA project (2013-2016), “SDN Concept in Generalized Mobile Network Architectures”, studied network architectures and functions for evolution of the LTE/EPC (3GPP) mobile networks. The main focus is on the network, although and end-to-end system approach, including the LTE radio system, will be taken. The project applied the latest networking and computing technologies and architectures onto the LTE/EPC mobile network. The project aimed at evaluation, specification and validation of a Software Defined Mobile Network concept designed onto the software defined networking (SDN), network virtualization and cloud computing principles. The project provided insight into the feasibility and opportunities of such network concepts, as well as evaluate the limits of performance and scalability of the new technologies applied on mobile broadband networks. New opportunities for traffic, resource and mobility management were studied. New challenges on network security and solutions for those were also addressed. Network virtualization solutions in the mobile transport networks, as well as effects on the network monitoring and network management solutions were one the key focus areas. Use cases, such as content delivery were considered. It was seen that the investments on the network and operational costs would change, hence the project will also outlined the impact onto cost of network, value chain and business models. The model of open interfaces, the role of standards and related bodies were described.

The SIGMONA “SDN Concept in Generalized Mobile Network Architectures” project aimed at evaluation, specification and validation of a Software Defined Mobile Network concept designed onto the software defined networking (SDN), network virtualization and cloud computing principles. The Celtic Core Group congratulated the SIGMONA project for excellent performance producing outstanding results with a strong international impact in shaping the technology choices and standards for the fifth generation (5G) wireless communication technologies. SIGMONA started its activities in 2013. CWC was one of the 25 organisations from 6 countries participating in this 13.2 million euro project. In addition to the CWC, the Finnish project partners included Nokia, VTT, Aalto University, EXFO and Tellabs. In Finland the project was financed by Tekes.

Project results

Research cooperation conducted in the University of Oulu was honoured, as SIGMONA project received the Celtic Excellence Award for its important achievements and high impact on future business in CELTIC Event 2017 at Barcelona, Spain. CWC (Centre for Wireless Communications) has been one of the partners. The outcome of the project includes 1 new product, seven product improvements, one new company and 72 scientific publications.  CWC team consisted of Professor Mika Ylianttila (Principle Investigator), Dr, Madhusanka Liyanage (Project Manager), Mr. Ijaz Ahmad (Doctoral student) and Mr. Jude Okwuibe (Doctoral student) who have contributed to development of security protocols, mobility management and performance evaluation.

Selected publications:

  • M. Liyanage, I. Ahmed, J. Okwuibe, M. Ylianttila, H. Kabir, J. Santos, R. Kantola, O. Perez, M. Itzazelaia, E. Montes de Oca, "Enhancing Security of Future Software Defined Mobile Networks", IEEE Access, Vol. 5, pp. 9422-9438, 2017. (Impact factor 3.244)
  • M. Liyanage, A, Braeken, A. Jurcut, M. Ylianttila, A. Gurtov, "Secure Communication Channel Architecture for Software Defined Mobile Networks", Elsevier Computer Networks, Vol. 114, pp. 32-50, 2017. (Impact factor 2.516)
  • M. Liyanage, M. Ylianttila, A. Gurtov (Eds.), "Software Defined Mobile Networks (SDMN) : Beyond LTE Network Architecture" , Wiley, 2015.
  • Ahmad, Ijaz, Suneth Namal Karunarathna, Mika Ylianttila, and Andrei Gurtov. "Load Balancing in Software Defined Mobile Networks." Software Defined Mobile Networks (SDMN): Beyond LTE Network Architecture (2015): 225-245.
  • M. Liyanage, M. Dananjaya, J. Okwuibe, M. Ylianttila, "SDN based Operator Assisted Offloading Platform for Multi-Controller 5G Networks" , in 23th IEEE International Symposium on Local and Metropolitan Area Networks (LANMAN), Osaka, Japan, June 2017
  • M. Liyanage, M. Ylianttila, A. Gurtov, "Software Defined VPLS Architectures: Opportunities and Challenges", in IEEE 28th Annual International Symposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC 2017), Montreal, Canada , October 2017
  • M. Liyanage, J. Okwuibe, I. Ahmed, M. Ylianttila, O. Pérez, M. Itzazelaia, E. de Oca, "Software Defined Monitoring (SDM) for 5G Mobile Backhual Networks", in 23th IEEE International Symposium on Local and Metropolitan Area Networks (LANMAN), Osaka, Japan, June 2017
  • I. Ahmad, S. Namal, M. Ylianttila and A. Gurtov, "Towards software defined cognitive networking," New Technologies, Mobility and Security (NTMS), 2015 7th International Conference on, Paris, 2015, pp. 1-5. doi: 10.1109/NTMS.2015.7266528

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Madhusanka Liyanage

Madhusanka Liyanage

Adjunct Professor - Docent