Carlo Vallati visits ICCLab

Carlo Vallati visited the lab in Aug/Sept 2015 – here is a short note he wrote on his time here.

I had the pleasure of visiting ICCLab during Aug/Sept 2015 to work on a research proposal. By way of background, I am a postdoctoral researcher with Computer Networking Group (CNG) at the University of Pisa. My research interest focuses on the Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine applications.

I visited the ICCLab for a month to write a proposal for the prestigious EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship scheme. The proposal focuses on providing cloud support for the execution of Machine-to-Machine applications – applications that rely on direct interactions with objects such as sensors and actuators – with low latency interaction requirements. In particular, the project will work on extending the current cloud computing architecture through the integration of cloud nodes close to physical devices, e.g. Fog nodes or Local Data Centers. Should the proposal be successful, it will provide funding to enable me to work on this topic with ICCLab and an industry partner (the proposal includes a secondment to a specific industry partner). Continue reading

SESAME – Small cEllS coordinAtion for Multi-tenancy and Edge services

SESAME targets innovations around three central elements in 5G: the placement of network intelligence and applications in the network edge through Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) and Edge Cloud Computing; the substantial evolution of the Small Cell concept, already mainstream in 4G but expected to deliver its full potential in the challenging high dense 5G scenarios; and the consolidation of multi-tenancy in communications infrastructures, allowing several operators/service providers to engage in new sharing models of both access capacity and edge computing capabilities.


SESAME proposes the Cloud-Enabled Small Cell (CESC) concept, a new multi-operator enabled Small Cell that integrates a virtualised execution platform (i.e., the Light DC) for deploying Virtual Network Functions (NVFs), supporting powerful self-x management and executing novel applications and services inside the access network infrastructure. The Light DC will feature low-power processors and hardware accelerators for time critical operations and will build a high manageable clustered edge computing infrastructure. This approach will allow new stakeholders to dynamically enter the value chain by acting as ‘host-neutral’ providers in high traffic areas where densification of multiple networks is not practical. The optimal management of a CESC deployment is a key challenge of SESAME, for which new orchestration, NFV management, virtualisation of management views per tenant, self-x features and radio access management techniques will be developed.

After designing, specifying and developing the architecture and all the involved CESC modules, SESAME will culminate with a prototype with all functionalities for proving the concept in relevant use cases. Besides, CESC will be formulated consistently and synergistically with other 5G-PPP components through coordination with the corresponding projects.

Active ICCLab Research Initiatives

Given the topics that will be developed during the project execution, the following research initiatives from ICCLab will contribute to SESAME.

Project Facts

Horizon 2020 – Call: H2020-ICT-2014-2

Topic: ICT-14-2014

Type of action: RIA

Duration30 Months

Start date: 1/7/2015

Project Title: SESAME: Small cEllS coordinAtion for Multi-tenancy and Edge services

European Commission Cloud Report – Cloud & the Future


The European commission recently released the outcomes of a number of cloud computing expert meetings in the form of a report. Members of the ICCLab have contributed to this report, “A Roadmap for Adanced Cloud Technologies under H2020“. It builds and follows on from previous reports (see previous summary article here). The report identifies 10 main technological topics for areas of research in cloud computing and categorises them into three topics: immediate, sustainability and game-changing. This report is especially useful for those wanting to understand where certain priorities lie for the EC’s H2020, the successor to the FP7 research and innovation programme.