Special Issue "Softwarization at the Network Edge for the Tactile Internet"

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Giovanni Schembra

Department of Electric, Electronic and Computer Engineering (DIEEI), University of Catania, Catania, Italy
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Interests: telecommunication networks; future internet; traffic modeling; performance evaluation; mobile networks

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The introduction of the paradigms of Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is deeply modifying the Internet moving towards the new concept of softwarized network, where network nodes are realized with general-purpose standard servers, and network functions are implemented as software pieces running on them according to the data center and cloud computing paradigms. These technologies, combined with the emerging standard of Multi Access Edge Computing (MEC), will be the enablers of the forthcoming 5G mobile network for the Tactile Internet, a framework that most likely will revolutionize every segment of the society in the immediate future. Tactile Internet is considered as the next step of the Internet of Things (IoT) thanks to its property of delivering a low latency enough to build real-time interactive systems and physical tactile experiences remotely. Example areas of application are real-time gaming, industrial automation, transportation systems, health and education.

We invite authors to submit papers reporting original, previously unpublished research, which address this new area in all its aspects. We are open to papers dealing with a broad spread of topics, ranging from architectural and protocol perspectives to modeling and simulative approaches for design and performance evaluation; from the definition of use cases to the implementation of prototypes; from the description of standardization activities to the analysis of its economic impact on the market and the common daily lifetime. Review articles are also welcome.

Prof. Dr. Giovanni Schembra
Guest Editor

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  • resource management and orchestration for the Tactile Internet
  • SDN, NFV and MEC as enabling technologies
  • protocols and system architecture design
  • performance evaluation and reliability
  • security and privacy
  • use cases and application domains
  • proof of Concept (PoC) and demonstrators
  • standardization activities
  • economic impact

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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