Special Issue "Network Slicing for 5G and Beyond"

A special issue of Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks (ISSN 2224-2708). This special issue belongs to the section "Communications and Networking".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Panagiotis Papadimitriou
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Guest Editor
University of Macedonia, Greece
Interests: network slicing; NFV; SDN; edge computing; datacenter networking
Dr. Lefteris Mamatas
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Guest Editor
University of Macedonia, Greece
Interests: Internet of things; SDN; edge computing; network slicing
Dr. Kostas Katsalis
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Guest Editor
Huawei Technologies
Interests: deterministic communications; TSN; datenet; SDN; NFV; network slicing

Special Issue Information

Network slicing is set out to address crucial needs of 5G and beyond, including support for multi-service provisioning and multi-tenancy in virtualized infrastructures. Network slices essentially comprise bundles of computing, storage, and network resources, which are provisioned and managed in a unified manner. A network slice can be tailored to the needs of a particular service or traffic class, with examples in the context of 5G being enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), ultra-reliable low-latency communications (URLLC), and massive IoT (MIoT). Network slicing has also found traction in the domain of edge computing, facilitating the deployment of cloud-native applications, such as location-based services.

In order to capitalize the gains from network slicing, it is necessary to have the ability to provision, manage, and orchestrate network slices at large scale, and among different and potentially heterogeneous 5G infrastructures. This raises the need for slicing orchestration architectures and platforms, as well as APIs for their interoperability with virtualized infrastructure managers and service orchestrators. Another important aspect in this respect is data models and abstractions for the representation of slice resources to the tenant in a unified manner.

Evolving service demands, as well as the need to support mobility, require efficient mechanisms for resource optimization and adaptation (e.g., auto-scaling). The timescales at which such mechanisms will be triggered is crucial in order to reduce the management overhead. At the same time, the coordination of resource migrations and network updates is necessary for the elimination of service disruptions.

In this context, the aim of this Special Issue is to discuss recent advances in the area of network slicing, with particular interest in network slicing architectures and orchestration platforms, mechanisms for slice placement, adaptation, and scaling, as well as the applicability of slicing at the network edge and in resource-constrained environments (e.g., MEC).

Dr. Panagiotis Papadimitriou
Dr. Lefteris Mamatas
Dr. Kostas Katsalis
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Network slicing architectures
  • Slicing orchestration platforms
  • Slice abstractions and models
  • Multi-domain slice provisioning and management
  • Adaptation and resource optimization for network slicing
  • Network slicing for IoT-enabled applications
  • Data models and abstractions for network slicing
  • Cross-slice communication

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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