Feature Papers for Future Internet–Network Virtualization and Edge/Fog Computing Section

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903). This special issue belongs to the section "Network Virtualization and Edge/Fog Computing".

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Department of Computer Science & Engineering (DISI), University of Bologna, 40136 Bologna, Italy
Interests: wireless sensor and actuator networks; middleware for sensor and actuator networks; vehicular sensor networks; edge computing; fog computing; online stream processing of sensing dataflows; IoT and big data processing; pervasive and mobile computing; cooperative networking; cyber physical systems for Industry 4.0
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Dear Colleagues,

I am happy and honoured to have the opportunity to organize and coordinate this Special Issue entitled “Feature Papers for Future Internet–Network Virtualization and Edge/Fog Computing section”. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Reference architectures and frameworks for virtualized next-generation network infrastructure (NGNI);
  • Open networking approaches and toolkits for NGNI;
  • End-to-end network function disaggregation and composition (beyond Open RAN, NFV, etc.);
  • Network abstractions and open APIs for virtualized NGNI;
  • Virtualized networking as part of applications vs. multi-purpose networks (network slicing);
  • Virtualization technologies and infrastructures in the cloud continuum;
  • QoS/QoE management and orchestration in open virtualized NGNI;
  • End-to-end network programming;
  • Novel software paradigms for integrated control and management of virtualized networks;
  • Quality control and low-latency middleware for control loops based on virtualized cloud continuum resources;
  • Private campus and enterprise (e.g., industrial IoT) networks;
  • Interworking, interoperability, and interdomain networking of virtualized networked resources;
  • Life cycle management and innovative deployment models for virtualized NGNI (CD/CI, DevOps, etc.);
  • AI/ML for network automation and optimization (NGNI MLOps);
  • Virtualized networking and cloud continuum for distributed AI/ML;
  • Scalability and wide-scale performance evaluation of virtualized network infrastructures and applications;
  • Lessons learned from real deployment environments and in-the-field optimization experiences;
  • Security and identity management in NGNI;
  • Resilience and sustainability of NGNI;
  • Energy-efficient cloud continuum for networking and widely distributed applications;
  • Best practices, open testbeds, and living labs;
  • Data centers and infrastructures for fog/edge computing;
  • Mobility management in fog/edge computing;
  • Distributed and federated machine learning in the fog and on the edge;
  • 5G and fog/edge computing;
  • Storage and data management platforms for fog/edge;
  • Security, privacy, trust and provenance issues in fog/edge computing;
  • Distributed consensus and blockchains at the edge and in the fog;
  • Modelling and simulation of fog/edge environments;
  • Performance monitoring and metering of fog/edge infrastructures.

Theoretical-oriented papers with basic research results and practical deployment cases with experiences learned from technological transfer and large-scale experimentation are both welcome. We look forward to receiving your fresh and innovative contributions!

Prof. Dr. Paolo Bellavista
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • network virtualization
  • edge cloud computing
  • fog computing
  • cloud continuum
  • virtualized network functions
  • wide-scale deployment and experimentation

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A Link-Layer Virtual Networking Solution for Cloud-Native Network Function Virtualisation Ecosystems: L2S-M
by Luis F. Gonzalez, Ivan Vidal, Francisco Valera, Raul Martin and Dulce Artalejo
Future Internet 2023, 15(8), 274; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi15080274 - 17 Aug 2023
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Microservices have become promising candidates for the deployment of network and vertical functions in the fifth generation of mobile networks. However, microservice platforms like Kubernetes use a flat networking approach towards the connectivity of virtualised workloads, which prevents the deployment of network functions [...] Read more.
Microservices have become promising candidates for the deployment of network and vertical functions in the fifth generation of mobile networks. However, microservice platforms like Kubernetes use a flat networking approach towards the connectivity of virtualised workloads, which prevents the deployment of network functions on isolated network segments (for example, the components of an IP Telephony system or a content distribution network). This paper presents L2S-M, a solution that enables the connectivity of Kubernetes microservices over isolated link-layer virtual networks, regardless of the compute nodes where workloads are actually deployed. L2S-M uses software-defined networking (SDN) to fulfil this purpose. Furthermore, the L2S-M design is flexible to support the connectivity of Kubernetes workloads across different Kubernetes clusters. We validate the functional behaviour of our solution in a moderately complex Smart Campus scenario, where L2S-M is used to deploy a content distribution network, showing its potential for the deployment of network services in distributed and heterogeneous environments. Full article
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5G-MEC Testbeds for V2X Applications
by Prachi V. Wadatkar, Rosario G. Garroppo and Gianfranco Nencioni
Future Internet 2023, 15(5), 175; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi15050175 - 9 May 2023
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Fifth-generation (5G) mobile networks fulfill the demands of critical applications, such as Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communication (URLLC), particularly in the automotive industry. Vehicular communication requires low latency and high computational capabilities at the network’s edge. To meet these requirements, ETSI standardized Multi-access Edge Computing [...] Read more.
Fifth-generation (5G) mobile networks fulfill the demands of critical applications, such as Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communication (URLLC), particularly in the automotive industry. Vehicular communication requires low latency and high computational capabilities at the network’s edge. To meet these requirements, ETSI standardized Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC), which provides cloud computing capabilities and addresses the need for low latency. This paper presents a generalized overview for implementing a 5G-MEC testbed for Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) applications, as well as the analysis of some important testbeds and state-of-the-art implementations based on their deployment scenario, 5G use cases, and open source accessibility. The complexity of using the testbeds is also discussed, and the challenges researchers may face while replicating and deploying them are highlighted. Finally, the paper summarizes the tools used to build the testbeds and addresses open issues related to implementing the testbeds. Full article
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