Standardization

ONS has a very active involvement in a number of standard development organizations. In many cases, contributions are the outcome of selected R&D project where ONS participates (e.g., H2020) or internal research activities. Besides, ONS researchers participate/have participated as external experts in e.g., specialist task forces; or as consultants/advisors for other companies contributing to standardization groups.

To date, ONS has been an active contributor to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI, full member since 2009), the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Optical Network Foundation (ONF), and the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF).

Specifically, CTTC is a member of ETSI’s Network Function Virtualization (NFV) specification group and of Open Source MANO (OSM/OSG), an ETSI-hosted project aimed to develop an Open Source NFV Management and Orchestration (MANO) software stack aligned with ETSI NFV. In both cases, contributions are closely related with ONS activities in the EC-funded 5GTANGO and METRO-HAUL projects. Moreover, ONS is also involved in the novel ETSI ISG Zero-Touch network & Service Management.

Besides, ONS researchers have been hired as external experts of ETSI’s Specialist Task Force GANA (Autonomic and Self-Managed Networks). The goal of this group is to develop a Technical Report on the instantiation of the GANA model for fixed broadband access and aggregation networks deployed as per the Broadband Forum (BBF) architecture specifications.

ONS is also involved in a number of IETF and ONF standardization activities dealing with the control of transport networks. More precisely, the ONS co-authors IETF draft in the following working groups: Path Computation Element Working Group (PCE-WG), the Common Control or Measurement Plane Working Group (CCAMP-WG), and Traffic Engineering Architecture and Signaling (TEAS).

ONS is an ONF collaborator due to its contributions to Open and Disaggregated Transport Network (ODTN) exemplar platform, as well as Open Transport Configuration & Control (OTCC) project.

ONS is actively participating in OIF Transport API interoperability demo (2016-2018), where are evaluated new dynamic behavior use cases and deployment scenarios into network operator labs around the world to test multi-vendor interoperability of the industry leading T-API 2.0 northbound interface (NBI) from the Open Networking Foundation (ONF).