Talk: Convergence of wireless, optical and cloud

Moving the Network to the Cloud: The telco digital transformation through the convergence of wireless, optical and cloud.

Prof. Marco Ruffini, Assistant Professor in Optical Network Architectures, Trinity College Dublin
1pm, LCR, O’Reilly Institute, Trinity College Dublin

Abstract: Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) have recently changed the way we operate networks. By decoupling control and data plane operations and virtualising their components, they have opened up new frontiers towards reducing network ownership costs and improving usability and efficiency. Recently, their applicability has moved towards public telecommunications networks, with concepts such as the Cloud Central Office (cloud-CO) that have pioneered its use in access and metro networks: an idea that has quickly attracted the interest of network operators. By merging mobile, residential and enterprise services into a common framework, built around commoditised data centre types of architectures, future embodiments of this Central Office (CO) virtualisation concept could achieve significant capital and operational cost savings, while providing customised network experience to high-capacity and low-latency future applications.

The presentation provides an overview of the current network disaggregation trends that are leading to the virtualisation/cloudification of central offices, highlighting the work.

CONNECT is the world leading Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications. CONNECT is funded under the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres Programme and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund. We engage with over 35 companies including large multinationals, SMEs and start-ups. CONNECT brings together world-class expertise from ten Irish academic institutes to create a one-stop-shop for telecommunications research, development and innovation.