Zukunft der Netze 2014

25.-26. September 2014, Braunschweig

13. Fachtagung des ITG Fachausschusses 5.2 Kommunikationsnetze und –systeme

The research and development of future networks is currently dominated by two major trends: On the one hand, Self-Organizing Networks (SON) promise to allow for a flexible and decentralized integration and control of network components. On the other hand, Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) concepts introduce a centralized control of network components to allow for effective implemen- tation of high-end Quality of Service targets in heterogeneous environments. In previous conferences of the "Future Networks" series, either SON or SDN were in the focus. The 2014 edition of the conference aims to shed a light on how these two major trends interact with each other: where do they complement each other, where do they compete against each other when building the networks of the future?
The presentations on the conference will address the following questions:
• Self-organizing/Self-optimizing networks and protocols: experiences from the field and new research trends
• Software-defined networking architectures, protocols and implementations: which bottlenecks have been and which still have to be removed?
• What is the trade-off between centralized vs. decentralized control?
• Integrating SON, SDN and NFV in one network architecture
• Logically centralized: SDN controller architectures and performance
• Open Flow-based implementations and performance
• Self-organization and Software-Defined Networking in Cyber Physical Systems (sensor-/actor networks)
• SON and SDN standards and interoperability issues
Boundary conditions
This year’s edition of the "Future networks" conference series will be jointly organized and co-located with the workshop “SON for Future Networks” (http://fp7-semafour.eu/workshop2014) organized by the EU project SEMAFOUR with an invited talk from the CELTIC+ project SHARING. It is expected that the partici- pants will attend both events. Due to the partially international background of the participants, the conference "Future networks" will be held in English in 2014. The SEMAFOUR workshop will take place one day before the "Future networks" conference. It will address topics such as Multi-RAT / Multi-layer SON Functions and Integrated SON Management and Operation. Presentations for the "Future networks" conference will complement these topics with presentations on SDN (and its combination/interaction with SON).

The program foresees as a final highlight of the program a panel discussion, in which different viewpoints from manufacturers, operators and content providers are addressed under the headline of the conference "SDN and SON: Friends or foes?" Based on the presentations of the conference and the professional background of the distinguished panel speakers we hope for a lively (even controversial) discussion.



Thursday, September 25th, 2014

SON for Future Networks

Organized by the FP7-ICT-Project SEMAFOUR

09:00 Welcome
Thomas Kürner (Technische Universität Braunschweig), Colin Willcock (Nokia, SEMAFOUR Project Coordinator)

Session 1
Sana Ben Jemaa (Orange Labs)

09:15 Overview of the SEMAFOUR Project
Colin Willcock (Nokia, SEMAFOUR Project Coordinator)
09:35 Demonstrator of the SEMAFOUR Vision and Achievements
Remco Litjens (TNO)
10:00 SONLAB: Framework for Distributed Simulation of SON in Realistic Networks
Andreas Eisenblätter (atesio)
10:30 Coffee Break + Poster / Demo   


Session 2:
Kristina Zetterberg (Ericsson)

11:00 Steering Users based on their Mobility Behaviour in LTE Networks
Bart Sas (iMinds)
11:30 Self-optimisation of Multi-layer LTE / Wi-Fi Access Selection
Yu Wang (Ericsson)


12:00 Active Antenna Systems: Self-optimised (De)activation of Vertical Sectorisation
Zwi Altmann (Orange Labs)

Lunch break + Poster / Demo



Session 3:
Christoph Schmelz (Nokia)

14:15 Policy-Based SON Management
Sören Hahn (Technische Universität Braunschweig)
14:45 Presentation of the Celtic-SHARING Project
Berna Sayrac (Orange Labs)
15:30 Coffee break + Poster / Demo



Session 4:
Ignacio Berberana (Telefónica I&D)

16:00 LTE for Cyber Physical Systems – Meeting a different Set of Requirements
Christian Wietfeld (Technische Universität Dortmund)
16:30 Projects in 5GPPP
Colin Willcock (Nokia)




Panel Discussion "SON for Future Networks"
Thomas Kürner (Technische Universität Braunschweig)

17:00 Panelists:
  • Christian Wietfeld
    (Technische Universität Dortmund, Chair ITG FA 5.2)
  • Colin Willcock (Nokia, SEMAFOUR Project Coordinator)
  • Berna Sayrac (Orange Labs, SHARING Project Coordinator)
17:30 End of the Workshop  
19:00 Social Event
Resturant Gastwerk


Friday, September 26th, 2014

SON and SDN: Friends or Foes?

09:00 Welcome
Ulrich Reimers (Vice-President TU Braunschweig), Joachim Sachs, Christian Wietfeld (FA 5.2 Chairs), Thomas Kürner (TPC Leader)
09:15 Keynote: Network Virtualization and Cloud – Automation and Flow Control
Christoph Meyer (Ericsson)
09:55 Highlights from SEMAFOUR
Colin Willcock (Nokia, SEMAFOUR Project Coordinator)
10:25 Coffee Break + Poster/Demo  


Session 1: Software-Defined Networking in Practise
Klaus Kohrt (ITG)

10:55 Future Networks Today – First Implementations of SDN & NFV
Jochen Apel (Alcatel-Lucent)
11:20 IP-Switch: Improving Network Security by using OpenFlow
Andreas Brinner (genua)
11:45 Software Defined Active Queue Management
Sebastian Meier (Universität Stuttgart)
12:10 Lunch Break + Poster / Demo  


Session 2: SDN & SON inMobile Networks
Ingo Willimowski (Vodafone)

13:20 Cloudification of the 5G Radio Access Network
Andreas Mäder (NEC)
13:45 Network Function Virtualization: a Mobile Operator Perspective
Wolfgang Kiess (DOCOMO)
14:10 A Virtual SDN-enabled EPC Architecture
Marco Hoffmann (Nokia)
14:35 Interworking of NFV/SDN with QoE Monitoring in Mobile Networks
Marcus Eckert (Technische Universität Chemnitz)
15:00 Coffee Break + Poster / Demo  


Panel "SDN and SON: Friends of Foes?"
Joachim Sachs (Ericsson, Chair ITG FA 5.2)

15:30 Panelists
  • Christoph Meyer (Ericsson)
  • Colin Willcock (Nokia)
  • Walter Häffner (Vodafone)
16:30 Closing Remarks
Joachim Sachs, Christian Wietfeld (FA 5.2 Chairs)


Social Event

19:00 Uhr

Restaurant Gastwerk (http://www.gastwerk.net)
Mittelweg 7, 38106 Braunschweig

(10 min. walking distance from the conference venue)


Local Organizer and TPC leader

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Kürner
Institut für Nachrichtentechnik
Technische Universität Braunschweig
Schleinitzstraße 22 (Raum 205)
38106 Braunschweig
Telefon: +49 (0) 531 391 - 2416, Fax: +49 (0) 531 391 - 5192
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FA 5.2 Committee

Committee leaders

Dr.-Ing. Joachim Sachs (Ericsson)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Wietfeld (TU Dortmund)

Sub-Commitee leaders

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bauschert (TU Chemnitz, Leader FG 5.2.1)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Timm-Giel (TU Hamburg-Harburg, Leader FG 5.2.1)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Erwin Rathgeb (Universität Duisburg-Essen, Leader FG 5.2.2)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Kellerer (TU München, Leader FG 5.2.4)
Dr.-Ing. Dirk Stähle (Universität Würzburg, Leader FG 5.2.4)
Dr.-Ing. Roland Freund (Heinrich-Herz-Institute. Leader FG 5.2.5)


Participating ITG Committee

ITG-Fachausschuss 5.2
"Kommunikationsnetze und -systeme"


Participating ITG Sub-Committees

5.2.1: System Architectures and Traffic Engineering
5.2.2: Network Security
5.2.4: IP and Mobility
5.2.5: Access and Home Networks



Dr.-Ing. V. Schanz
Informationstechnische Gesellschaft im VDE
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Local Organizer

Technische Universität Braunschweig

Institut für Nachrichtentechnik


Conference Venue

Technische Universität Braunschweig
Institut für Nachrichtentechnik
Schleinitzstr. 22
38106 Braunschweig



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