News

UNIFY will continuously release news and information about the project while it is in progress, with updates on milestones and discoveries. We will also update you with information about conferences at which UNIFY's experts present their findings. Here are the latest updates, press releases, and announcements:

SP-DevOps Toolkit Release

The UNIFY SP-DevOps Toolkit, a set of open-source results from WP4 showcasing advances in terms of observability, verification and troubleshooting for software-defined infrastructure, was presented at the OPNFV Summit in Berlin. The tools are available on Github and via the UNIFY Results webpage

Demo at IETF 96 Bits-n-Bites

UNIFY will showcase multiple proof-of-concept demos at IETF Bits-n-Bites event to be held on 21 July in Berlin, Germany. Bits-n-Bites event offers an excellent oppertunity of in-depth discussions to researchers and technology developers from around the globe [more].

Keynote at NETSOFT 2016

A keynote address on UNIFY topic was delivered at 2nd IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization (IEEE NetSoft 2016) held in Seoul, Korea. The talk summarized the recent developments and lesson learnt in UNIFY based on the corresponding proof of concept prototype implementations. An abstract of the talk can be found here.

Demonstration in Hong Kong at BBF Q1 meeting

Broadband Forum newsletter reports UNIFY demonstaration at Q1 meeting as following

"UNIFY  –  an  EU-funded  research  program  which  has  already  done  good  work  on  how  to migrate  to  a  network  based  on  SDN  and NFV  techniques  –  was  demonstrated  to  members during  the  Broadband  Forum  Q1  meeting.  UNIFY  is  one  approach  relevant  to  the  SD-365 Controller  analysis  being  carried  out  in  Joint  Architecture  and  Migration  and  SDN-NFV sessions.  It  follows  multi-company  contributions  at  the  2015  Q3  and  Q4  meetings"

UNIFY featured in official Ericsson Blog

Results from all technical Unify Work packages have recently been feature in the official blog of Ericsson Research. The first blog entry discusses the UNIFY control plane abstraction and control architecture to create a joint compute and networking virtualization and programming API. The second post discusses how UNIFY proposes to achieve flexibility and high performance with real-time composition of packet processing primitives. Finally, the latest blog entry introduces the UNIFY SP-DevOps concept and shows how it starts to get real with the recent first release of the  SP-DevOps Toolkit.

SP-DevOps Toolkit v1 Released

The UNIFY project announced a first version of the SP-DevOps Toolkit at the Network Function Virtualization Research Group (NFVRG) meeting held at IETF94 in Yokohama. The SP-DevOps Toolkit is an assembly of tools and support functions developed in WP4 of UNIFY to support developers and operators to efficiently observe, verify and troubleshoot software-defined infrastructure. Its main purpose is to allow the community at large to experiment with solutions developed in the project to address challenges outlined in draft-unify-nfvrg-devops.

The SP-DevOps toolkit has the following components (links point directly to source code repositories):

  • DoubleDecker, a support function that provides scalable communication services for virtual monitoring functions
  • EPOXIDE, a troubleshooting framework that enables integrating different tools into a troubleshooting graph
  • RateMon, a scalable distributed congestion detector for software-defined networks
  • AutoTPG, a verification tool that actively probes the FlowMatch part of OpenFlow rules and is particularly useful in case of wildcarded flow descriptors

Demonstration at EWSDN 2015

Unify will showcase a demonstration in EWSDN 2015 on 01 October.

Tutorial at EWSDN 2015

A tutorial on UNIFY technologies will be organized on 30 Septmeber at EWSDN 2015 in Bilbao, Spain.

Demonstrations at SIGCOMM

UNIFY showcases three demonstrations at SIGCOMM 2015, London.

UNIFY at EUCNC 2015

UNIFY co-organizes a workshop on Network Function Virtualization and Programmable Networks at EUCNC 2015. 

Software-Defined Operations

UNIFY leads the organization of a special issue on Software-Defined Operations. The Call for Papers (CfP) is now open and contributions to the special issue should be received by 31 August 2015.

UNIFY at IM'15

UNIFY presented first year results of the Service-Provider DevOps concept at the IFIP/IEEE Symposium on Integrated Network and Service Management, in Ottawa, Canada. A joint demonstration of UNIFY SP-DevOps Tools in an Automated, Dynamic Service Creation Architecture was showcased by Dr. Rebecca Steinert. She also presented a paper further detailing the SP-DevOps tool for Scalable in-network rate monitoring. Dr. Juhoon Kim presented a joint paper on Service Provider DevOps for Large Scale Modern Network Services, debating DevOps requirements for developing a modern service creation platform. Finally, Dr. Catalin Meirosu advocated UNIFY as invited panelist in an panel on Integrated Management of Software Defined Infrastructure.

UNIFY at SDNRG

Dr. Catalin Meirosu presented the recent UNIFY work on Scalable Software-Defined Monitoring at the Software Defined Networking Research Group (SDNRG) session during IETF 92.

UNIFY at NFVRG

Dr. Robert Szabo presented two draft contributions to the Network Functions Virtulaization Research Group (NFVRG) on the UNIFY NFV challanges and recursive-programming. In addition, Dr. Catalin Meirosu presented the UNIFY draft on DevOps. See all IETF contributions by UNIFY.

UNIFY and 5G

UNIFY is recognized for its contributions to the EU Research portfolio in the area of flexible programmable networks. Get the infographic

Network Service Virtualization

UNIFY has led the organization of the IEEE Communications Magazine Feature Topic on Network Service Virtualization. The first part of the series includes peer-reviewed articles stemming from carrier research labs and can serve as a concise entry point for researchers and practitioners alike to the problem area that UNIFY addresses.

UNIFY at SDNRG

Dr. Robert Szabo, Technical Coordinator of UNIFY, introduced the value proposition of the project at the Software Defined Networking Research Group (SDNRG) during IETF 91. Check out more IETF contributions by UNIFY

UNIFY at EWSDN 2014

EU-funded project presents first results at the European Workshop on Software Defined Networks in Budapest, Hungary

 

PRESS RELEASE

01 September 2014

The UNIFY consortium, a group of fifteen leading European telecommunication operators, vendors, small and medium enterprises and research institutions, presents the first results of its research on bringing together cloud and networking services at the third European Workshop on Software Defined Networking (EWSDN). EWSDN is a premier event for the European SDN research community, which this year is held from 1st to the 3rd of September at Hotel Gellert in Budapest, Hungary. The UNIFY project, also as a technical co-sponsor to the event, unveils its innovative architecture in a technical talk accompanied by two proof-of-concept demonstrations.

There is a need for an increased flexibility in traditional telecom infrastructure for faster service creation. Further, services are impeded by the increased complexity of integrating vast networking assets and data centres of telecom providers. On-demand and flexible services supported by various networks and clouds currently require costly reconfiguration and programming of physical hardware.


The UNIFY consortium pursues an open innovation environment for telecommunication services leveraging on both networking and cloud resources, similar to mobile applications ecosystems. The UNIFY consortium creates means for the users or service providers to develop, build, deploy or even to operate their own rich and interconnected services through programmability interfaces and combined development and operations (DevOps) services. The UNIFY consortium brings performance optimized cloud execution environments into the network for improved quality of experience.

An open innovation environment allows development of software defined virtualized network functions (e.g., intrusion detection systems, firewalls, network caches, etc.) and their on-demand, flexible but automated deployment into service offerings. Such developments, however, need continuous deployment, integration, testing and monitoring support which are pursued in UNIFY as part of the service provider DevOps efforts.
Virtualized network functions must be hosted by execution environments with performance comparable to traditional hardware-based counterparts. To this end, the UNIFY consortium combines high-throughput packet processing on commodity hardware with flexibility of deployment and operations.


The UNIFY consortium develops a novel unified framework for enhanced software defined networking (SDN) in telecommunications services. UNIFY researches, develops and evaluates means to orchestrate, validate and verify end-to-end service delivery from home and enterprise through aggregation and core networks to data centres. UNIFY also develops and evaluates a universal network node based on commodity hardware for service execution. At the EWSDN ’14 conference, we demonstrate how user-specific Network Service Functions can be added to an SDN-enabled Network Node and how Multi-layered Service Orchestration in a Multi-Domain Network Environment can be carried out.

Further information can be found here.

UNIFY at ITS 2014

UNIFY Keynote at ITS 2014

During the International Telecommunications Symposium (ITS) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 17 to 20 August 2014, UNIFY was represented by Dr. Sandor Albrecht, Director, Ericsson Research who held his keynote speech on Unifying the Networked Society.

Network and Service Virtualization

Special issue in the IEEE Communication Magazine on Network and Service Virtualization

The introduction of software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) has altered in a wholesale manner the way to view, and plan for, network infrastructure evolution in the forthcoming decade. The first steps in network virtualization are already taking place today, although more often than not through a piecemeal approach in which hardware-based network elements are replaced by software-based alternatives. This may help to reduce operator costs in the mid-term but does not alter the full lifecycle of service creation and deployment. The real potential for network and service virtualization lies in upgrading the entire toolbox that network operators have at their disposal, as state of the art research and development efforts already indicate.

This feature topic will provide a concise reference for carrier-grade networking and service virtualization with emphasis on automating the entire networking and cloud infrastructure. Service Function Chaining (SFC), i.e. a carrier-grade process for continuous delivery of services based on network function associations, is of particular importance in this respect. Papers that address challenges in this research area and span topics such as service chaining description and programming with focus on dynamicity, high-velocity, service instance deployment, and continuous network service delivery are particularly welcome. In addition, given the increased level of activity in several standardization bodies which host activities related to NFV and SFC, such as ETSI, IETF, ITU-T, and TeleManagement Forum, papers that deal with standards and their evolution in this area are actively solicited.

 

EWSDN 2014

UNIFY technically co-sponsors EWSDN 2014

1 – 3 September 2014, Budapest

Following the success of the previous events, the 3rd European Workshop on Software Defined Networks will take place in Budapest from 1 to 3 September. One goal of the workshop is to bring together industry and academia on the topics of SDN; in particular the workshop will feature an “industry forum”- a session with presentations by key industrial players.

UNIFY is the technical co-sponsor of this year’s EWSDN, together with the FP7 project ALIEN.

Currently, there is a call for papers open, with a deadline on 5 May 2014. Please visit the EWSDN website for further information.

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Session on Open platforms and SDN

Future Internet Assembly in Athens

UNIFY is co-organizing a session on Open platforms and SDN during Future Internet Assembly in Athens, 17-18 March, 2014.

Details can be found here:
Open platforms and SDN-NFV_a paradigm shift to boost innovative Internet services and applications
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You can find the videotaped session here.

Workshop on Network Virtualization

Future Internet Assembly in Athens

UNIFY organises together with GreenICN a workshop at the Future Internet Assembly in Athens, 17-18 March, 2014.

Details can be found here:

Workshop on Network Virtualization - Part I

Workshop on Network Virtualization - Part II

New UNIFY website launched

UNIFY communication platform

Background information, press releases and contacts – UNIFY´s website serves as the central communication platform. From now on, it will provide you with all the latest project news and research results.

The UNIFY team informs about attendances of conferences, the technical progress and a lot more. Public deliverables, presentations and general project material can be downloaded from our website. In addition, background information on UNIFY´s impact on the industry will be provided.

Feel free to browse through the different sections to find out more about UNIFY.

Project Kick-off

FP7 project UNIFY has started

Funded by the European Commission, the UNIFY project aims to improve virtualized network operations by building a new architecture that optimizes data traffic flows. In November 2013, representatives of the UNIFY partners gathered at the kick-off meeting in Berlin, hosted by Deutsche Telekom Laboratories.

UNIFY is creating a new network architecture for the Future Internet, unifying the flow of information between devices, service providers and cloud data centres. UNIFY envisages a flexible network, decoupled from hardware limitations, with greater opportunities for innovation within the European technology industry.

A total of sixteen partners will be working on UNIFY, coordinated by Ericsson Hungary. Within a period of 30 months, the consortium will research, develop and evaluate means to orchestrate, verify and observe end-to-end service delivery from home and enterprise networks through aggregation and core networks to data centres until its final presentation in April 2016.