MOBISLICE II Workshop
Network Slicing (NS) has been standing as one of the key enabling technologies for the 5th Generation of Telecommunications, facilitating different types of verticals to be simultaneously served through the same infrastructure. Alongside other important technologies, such as NFV, SDN and MEC, NS requires the network to be extended with additional functionality, so as to support various network processing functions and support different networking models. This raises important new questions such as which network functions are needed in which slice (if not in all), and establishes critical challenges for industrial use in aspects related to slice interoperability for seamless automotive service between different operators, and indoor/outdoor seamless connectivity for mobile AGV in smart manufacturing as well as resource isolation, security and optimized service provisioning in mobile environments. This is particularly important in regards to the necessary changes mandated by different verticals (IoT, Vehicles, Industry 4.0, Multimedia, Space, and others), and how such changes can be deployed in a flexible, distributed, scalable and economically viable way. In an era where both network enhancements and user demands require always-on connectivity while on the move, which is being explored in highly mobile scenarios (e.g., vehicular), a holistic network slicing capability has not only to consider static deployments, but actually address users moving between slices, or actually having slices themselves moving through different parts of the infrastructure, in both intra and inter-domain environments. The consideration of such questions, challenges and environments poses unprecedented pressure over the current base designs being considered by standardization in 3GPP, ETSI and IETF, and requires further development, assessment and validation in different types of trials, belonging to different types of actors and verticals.
By bringing together the different visions of academia, industry and standardization on solutions that integrate different building blocks from different players into innovative and groundbreaking new scenarios, II MOBISLICE aims to a holistic approach towards the enablement, assessment and deployment of Network Slicing perspectives in X-mobility environments (where X can mean devices, resources, services or even slices themselves. II MOBISLICE will evolve from its first edition in 2018, by providing a more technical solutions industry-oriented focus and targeting the impact over different kinds of verticals. II MOBISLICE will allow IEEE NFV-SDN to continue to be at the center stage of the next deployment capabilities of Network Slicing.