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I. Afolabi, M. Bagaa, W. Boumezer and T. Taleb, "Toward a Real Deployment of Network Services Orchestration and Configuration Convergence Framework for 5G Network Slices," in IEEE Network, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 242-250, January/February 2021, doi: 10.1109/MNET.011.2000146

Toward a real deployment of network services orchestration and configuration convergence framework for 5G network slices

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Author: Afolabi, Ibrahim1; Bagaa, Miloud1; Boumezer, Walid1;
Organizations: 1Department of Communications and Networking, School of Electrical Engineering, Aalto University, Finland
2Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Oulu University
3Department of Computer and Information Security, Sejong University, Seoul 05006, South Korea
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-06-03


A seamless interworking between network function virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN) to orchestrate network services for the 5G systems is very fundamental for network slice creation. The orchestration of large scale network slices across multiple administrative as well as technological domains with heterogeneous resources and a distributed form of slice management can benefit from harnessing existing NFV orchestration (NFVO) solutions. In this regard, this article presents a network service orchestration and configuration convergence framework that is capable of providing a large scale network slicing solution for 5G network operators. Using this framework, 5G network operators can orchestrate and configure network slices directly from their infrastructure and that of credible registered slice providers who have resources for the orchestration of only a subset of the overall network slice. The framework is equipped with mechanisms that allow a distributed form of slice configuration and management.

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Series: IEEE network
ISSN: 0890-8044
ISSN-E: 1558-156X
ISSN-L: 0890-8044
Volume: 35
Issue: 1
Pages: 242 - 250
Article number: 9293090
DOI: 10.1109/MNET.011.2000146
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: This work is partially supported by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the MATILDA project with grant agreement No. 761898. The work is also funded by the Academy of Finland Project CSN, under Grant Agreement 311654, and the 6Genesis project under Grant No. 318927, respectively.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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