IEEE ComSoc International Communications Quality and Reliability Workshop
16-18 May 2017 – Naples, Florida, USA


SDN/NFV: Planning, Operations, Performance, Reliability and Security (Tuesday, May 16)
Chair: Rick Krock – Director, Global Information Infrastructure Commission
Software Defined Networking (SDN) & Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are completely changing how networks are designed, built, managed and secured; this is not just a transition – it is a transformation!  Today’s data centers support diverse applications and architectures for Enterprise, Telco, IT and Critical Infrastructure.  While the move to SDN/NFV offers great opportunities, it also brings about new challenges.  As this technology fragments and grows, creative designs bring about vCPE, vEPC and vIMS implementations.  Throughout this segment, we will explore three main areas that impact the viability and effectiveness of virtualized networks: 
  • Session 1 – Planning & Operational Challenges
  • Session 2 – Performance, Quality and Reliability
  • Session 3 – Security

The goal of this segment will be to address these areas, understand requirements and provide recommendations to guide projects, product development, architecture design and implementation.  We will explore and knock down the barriers for SDN/NFV to scale out consistently and effectively. 

5G Rollout: Challenges and Implementation Considerations (Wednesday, May 17)
Chair: Vikas Arora – CTO, EXFO


5G has been attracting lot of industry attention with a focus  on a wireless network which will be  faster, more pervasive and more versatile  thus enabling a seamlessly networked society in 2020 and beyond.  5G  brings together  things, data, applications, cities and industries like transportation and industrial automation in a smart, networked communications environment. 

5G is widely perceived as an ecosystem that goes far beyond just the new radio development.  It encompasses a dynamic and adaptive network leveraging SDN/NFV, new and more capable devices, security and energy efficiency.  5G requirements encompass multiple dimensions which will be extremely scalable including support for

o   ultra high speed and low latency
o   ‘no’ to ‘extreme’ user mobility
o   massive capacity and connectivity with deep coverage
          Highly flexible and adaptive Core and RAN; leveraging SDN/NFV with powerful analytics
          Highly Reliable and Secure with E2E QoE control
          Energy and cost efficient low cost infrastructure and devices


Standards work at 3GPP is underway on 5G with active participation from network operators, infrastructure, device, chipset and test vendors. A more incremental roadmap of 5G use case rollout is evolving, e.g., fixed access, enhanced mobile broadband, massive IoT  to ultra low latency mission critical IoT. 

In this 5G segment we will discuss…

  • 5G Technology, Architecture & Standards – Chaired by Kirk McBean, Cisco Systems
  • 5G Security & Trust – Chaired by Mike Stauffer, Palindrome Technologies
  • 5G Trials and Testing – Chaired by Dr. Amitava Ghosh, Nokia Bell Labs

looking at questions like how the network (RAN & Core) has to evolve to address 5G requirements and use cases.  These are exactly the issues which influence and determine 5G network quality and reliability! We will also get an opportunity to hear feedback on Testing and Trials underway.


(ICE) IoT and the Connected Ecosystems [V2V, V2I, Aviation] (Thursday May 18)
Chair: Adam Drobot – Chairman, OpenTechWorks


Internet of Things (IoT) has evolved as a concept to represent devices (e.g., wearable devices, implants, sensors, telecom, energy, automotive, aviation, transportation and residential automation) that are connected to a communications network using various access mediums (e.g., Ethernet, LTE, Bluetooth, Zigbee, NFC).  This transformation touches many industries, billions of consumers and broader society, sometimes in ways we have not yet imagined. At the same time this transformation raises several questions and introduces challenges as to how reliability, performance and security need to be addressed. The scope of the IoT segment aims to stimulate dialog among practitioners and researchers in order to understand the challenges in the following areas:

  • Performance, Quality, Reliability in Mission Critical Applications
  • Security
  • OAM&P

First, Pasi Hurri of Base N will chair a session on Performance, Quality and Reliability. Then Bob Lesnewich of VENCORE Labs will chair a Security issues with IoT discussion.  Finally, we have a session of speakers addressing IoT Operations, Administration, Maintenance and Provisioning.

The goal of the segment is to help the participants gain further insight of the challenges in each area and discuss requirements, standards and recommendations with other subject matter experts that will help address them.

Please join us for this stimulating and engaging examination of critical issues driving the rapid growth of IoT and the Connected Ecosystem.