As a follow up of the 1st workshop on Technological Gaps and Opportunities for Realizing Open Source based end-to-end Network Architecture that took place on 15-16 October 2017 in Snowbird, Salt Lake City, United States, co-located with MOBICOM’17  a second edition is organized in Europe in the mid-June 2018 time-frame. The plan is to follow up on the results and conclusion of the 1st workshop. The first workshop was organized to address three main goals.

  1. Establish the baseline of open-source project work in wireless software-hardware, cloud computing, Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Infrastructure for enabling Experimentation.
  2. Conduct a gap analysis for the aforementioned work across parameters such as: availability of code, community engagement, and reliance on adopted standards, features, tools and accessibility.
  3. Coalesce around a feasibility discussion for proposing an end-to-end, open-source reference model that ties together the three technical areas to support near-term standardization efforts as well accommodating blue-sky research on large-scale research platforms.


This workshop aims to continue driving architectural convergence in the open source community projects across the domains and layers of wireless and wired networking research. It provides a forum for both industry and academia to exchange views and visions on end-to-end network architectures. The main topics of discussion will include advanced network function virtualization technologies for wireless communication over the vertical experimental platforms’ point of view including: architecture, systems and applications as well as alternatives and trade-offs in developing technologies for successful deployment, among others, of 5G infrastructures and systems beyond 5G. Key network related open source projects, standardization efforts, early implementations, use cases, and commercial products have been reviewed during the 1st workshop and are the starting point for discussing and elaborating on the key recommendation for consolidating and strengthening the current achievements. The workshop will leverage the potential collaborations between EU and USA taking into account the prevailing architecture approaches and standards that emerge in the field. The workshop aspires to identify concrete topical areas and roadmaps for EU/US collaboration in the scope of operationalized infrastructure, e.g. PAWR in the US and 5G facilities in Europe, such as those provided by 5GINFIRE and upcoming initiatives. The second workshop will pick up on the recommendations of the 1st workshop and will focus on:

  1. Use of common languages across different platforms.
  2. Simplify the learning curve for Radio Hardware, FPGA and SDR.
  3. Simple and light interfaces within and among network components devices, almost plug&play.
  4. Focus on API, not on protocols, communications or data structures.

Further topics being in the scope of the workshop are (to be refined) the collaborative development of tools for experimentation, open source software tools and repositories, prototyping and evaluation, tools for probing and data analytics, emulation, management and cross Atlantic technology trials.

Dates and location


Informative note: Two options are being evaluated.

  1. Co-located with Mobisys 2018 in Munich Germany in the week June 10-15, 2018
  2. Co-located with EuCNC 2018 in Ljubljana, Slovenia in the week June 18-21, 2018


Abhimanyu Gosain 
Northeastern University, USA

Aloizio P. Silva
University of Bristol, UK

Anastasius Gavras
Eurescom GmbH, Germany

Spyros Denazis
University of Patras, Greece

Further names TBC

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