The integration of Information and Communication Technologies in different societal areas has triggered the development of new enhancements to the whole network ecosystem, in order to allow it to encompass such growth. 5G has aggregated different kinds of supportive technologies, not only at the access layer but also at the core network, in order to allow the network service to be provided in a more elastic and dynamic way, making intelligent use of COTS hardware, thus reducing costs. This lecture explores a key set of such supportive technologies, namely Software Defined Networking, Network Function Virtualization and Orchestration, showcasing their contribution to the enablement of new network operational scenarios, where automation and algorithmic procedures replace static over-provisioned network deployments
Dr. Daniel Corujo is a Doctorate Researcher and lecturer from the University of Aveiro, where he concluded his PhD in 2013. He was a coordinator of the Telecommunications and Networking research team at the Instituto de Telecomunicações, in Aveiro, Portugal, a team of over 50 people, for the 2017-2018 biennium. He has been an active researcher and contributor to standardization in the fields of Information Centric Networking, through the IETF/IRTF, and Media Independent Handovers, through the IEEE. He has pursued such concepts under the scope of a broad range of EU FP7 research projects, such as DAIDALOS, OneLab2, 4WARD, MEDIEVAL and OFELIA, and H2020 projects such as 5GinFIRE, where he also played key roles from proposal elaboration to task and workpackage co-leading. He is currently WP leader in the national 5G Mobilizer project. Parallel to his 10 years of experience on mobility management research, he has been more recently developing work on the areas of the 5G, Network Function Virtualization, Software Defined Networking and Information Centric Networking, deploying new visions and enhancements of such concepts over wireless networks, in national and international research projects.