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Future Internet Assembly (FIA) 2014

posted Mar 20, 2014, 5:04 AM by Christos Tsiaras   [ updated Jul 21, 2014, 7:47 AM by Corinna Schmitt ]
The Future Internet Assembly FIA 2014 assembled the DG CONNECT projects and related arenas to an exchange and discussion platform on research questions, liaison activities, and planning approaches on new potential paths of work and research in Europe. Key European Internet Stakeholders have met in March to discuss and reshape the Future Internet’s infrastructure of Europe, by addressing technology, innovation, and opportunities. Due to the FIA program compiled for March 19 and 20, 2014 (9 technical sessions embraced by an opening and closing plenary) and the organization of additional meetings around the core program the topic of Software-defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) has seen a very broad level of attention.

The main outcome for SmartenIT is considered very positive, since the SmartenIT initiated and finally co-organized session on “Cloud Federations and SDN/NFV: The Highways toward Improved QoE, Cost, and Energy Efficiency” (Co-organizers: Alexander Willner, Technische Universität Berlin (TUB), Germany, George D. Stamoulis, Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), Greece, Roman Łapacz, Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC), Poland) has seen more than 75 attendees in the audience, short panelists’ statements, and an interesting panel afterwards. Burkhard Stiller, University of Zürich (UZH), Switzerland, SmartenIT’s coordinator, represented the STREP SmartenIT as well the NoE FLAMINGO during the panel especially on traffic management impacts for SDN, accounting, regulatory, and privacy-related facets, and possible technological alternatives to develop and support cost- and energy-efficient and QoE-aware cloud federations. As such many informal exchanges of work, ideas, and solutions emphasized the liaison activities of SmartenIT.