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Antonio Manzalini

Antonio Manzalini

Electronic Engineer (M.Sc) graduated at the Politecnico of Turin (Turin, I), Ph.D at Sorbonne University (Paris, F)

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A first quantum revolution has already brought quantum technologies into our everyday life for decades: in fact, electronics and optics are based on the quantum mechanical principles. Today, a second quantum revolution is underway, leveraging the quantum principles of superposition, entanglement and measurement, which were not fully exploited yet....
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Classical Internet evolved exceptionally during the last five decades, from a network comprising a few static nodes in the early days to a leviathan interconnecting billions of devices. This has been possible by the separation of concern principle, for which the network functionalities are organized as a stack of layers, each providing some communi...
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Classical Internet evolved exceptionally during the last five decades, from a network comprising a few static nodes in the early days to a leviathan interconnecting billions of devices. This has been possible by the separation of concern principle, for which the network functionalities are organized as a stack of layers, each providing some communi...
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Quantum based technologies have been fundamental in our world. After producing the laser and the transistor, the devices that have shaped our modern information society, the possibilities enabled by the ability to create and manipulate individual quantum states opens the door to a second quantum revolution. In this paper we explore the possibilitie...
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Today, like never before, we are witnessing a pervasive diffusion of ultra-broadband fixed-mobile connectivity, the deployment of 5G infrastructures and its integration with Cloud-Edge Computing. Moreover, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is at the center of this Digital Transformation. Sustainability of future scenarios will have to face several techn...
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Quantum based technologies have been fundamental in our world. After producing the laser and the transistor, the devices that have shaped our modern information society, the possibilities enabled by the ability to create and manipulate individual quantum states opens the door to a second quantum revolution. In this paper we explore the possibilitie...
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Today, like never before, we are witnessing a pervasive diffusion of ultra-broadband fixed-mobile connectivity, the deployment of Cloud-native 5G network and service platforms, and the wide adoption of Artificial Intelligence. It has the so-called Digital Transformation of our Society: as a matter of fact, the transformative role of Telecommunicati...
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The ongoing digital transformation is bringing a pervasive diffusion of ultra-broadband, fixed-mobile connectivity, the deployment of cloud-native Fifth Generation (5G) infrastructures, edge and fog computing and a wide adoption of artificial intelligence. This transformation will have far-reaching techno-economic impacts on our society and industr...
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Over the last few years, we have witnessed an impressive growth of data traffic and a progressive Digital Transformation of Industry and Society: the deployment of the ultra-broadband and low latency network infrastructures (e.g., 5G) are leading to a global digitalization of several domains. These techno-economic trends are expected to continue an...
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Network operators will require autonomous operation with the help of artificial intelligence to reduce operational expenditures and to create networks that are easier to manage and maintain. However, not all operators operate in the same way. Therefore, we may have different operator-specific use cases for such autonomous operations. Differences ma...
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The rapid evolution towards future telecommunications infrastructures (e.g., 5G, the fifth generation of mobile networks) and the internet is renewing a strong interest for artificial intelligence (AI) methods, systems, and networks. Processing big data to infer patterns at high speeds and with low power consumption is becoming an increasing centra...
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Today, several socio-techno-economic drivers are steering the evolution of Telecommunications and Internet towards a growing exploitation of ultra-broadband infrastructures (e.g., 5G) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems. Focusing on the most promising AI technological approaches, Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) are outperforming in several applica...
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This report presents the results of the UNIFY Service Provider (SP)-DevOps activities. First, we present the final definition and assessment of the concept. SP-DevOps is realized by a combination of various functional components facilitating integrated service verification, efficient and programmable observability, and automated troubleshooting pro...
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This article reports a network functions virtualization proof of concept demonstrating the added value that dynamic software-defined networking control, coordinated with a flexible cloud management approach, brings to telco operators and service providers.
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Techno-economic drivers are creating the conditions for a radical change of paradigm in the design and operation of future telecommunications infrastructures. In fact, SDN, NFV, Cloud and Edge-Fog Computing are converging together into a single systemic transformation termed “Softwarization” that will find concrete exploitations in 5G systems. The...
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Techno-economic drivers are creating the conditions for a radical change of paradigm in the design and operation of future telecommunications infrastructures. In fact, SDN, NFV, Cloud and Edge-Fog Computing are converging together into a single systemic transformation termed “Softwarization” that will find concrete exploitations in 5G systems. The...
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This article argues that SDN and NFV, together with cloud and edge-fog computing, can be seen as different facets of a systemic transformation of telecommunications and ICT, called softwarization. The first impact will be at the edge of current telecommunications infrastructures, which are becoming powerful network and service platforms. The edge o...
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This report provides an understanding of how the UNIFY Service Provider (SP)-DevOps concept can be applied and integrated with a combined cloud and transport network NFV architecture. Specifically, the report contains technical descriptions of a set of novel SP-DevOps tools and support functions that facilitate observability, troubleshooting, verif...
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This report presents a first sketch of the Service Provider DevOps concept including four major management processes to support the roles of both service and VNF developers as well as the operator in a more agile manner. The sketch is based on lessons learned from a study of management and operational practices in the industry and recent related wo...
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The role of software and its flexibility is becoming more and more important in todays networks. New emerging paradigms, such as Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), are changing the rules of the game, shifting the focus on dynamicity and programmability. Perfectly aligned with this new spirit, the FP7 UNIFY...
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The advanced fifth generation (5G) infrastructure is expected to become the ???nervous system??? of the digital society, digital economy, and silver economy. New service paradigms such as ???immersive experience??? and ???anything as a service??? (XaaS) everywhere are envisioned as among the primary drivers for global adoption and market uptake of...
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A system for executing services in a distributed way, the execution of each service involving the processing of a plurality of tasks of predetermined types, each task type to be processed being represented by a corresponding type of tuples of data relating to the task type, wherein: the system includes a plurality of peer entities; each peer entity...
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The low cost of standard hardware coupled with the diffusion and the wide spread of new paradigms like cloud computing and resource virtualization are stimulating Telco providers to introduce new approaches like Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) into the next generation networks. This context leads to the depl...
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The advanced fifth-generation (5G) infrastructure will not only be a sheer evolution of the current network generations but, more significantly, a revolution in the information and communication technology (ICT) field. The 5G technology will efficiently enable new secure, dependable, ultrareliable, and delaycritical services to everyone and everyth...
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This paper argues that SDN and NFV principles are going to impact not only the evolution of current networks, but also the services and applications platforms. In fact, SDN and NFV, together with Cloud and Edge Computing, can be seen as facets of a broader systemic innovation wave (called softwarization) which is transforming the overall telecommun...
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This paper proposes HYDRA (HYbriD long-Reach fiber Access network), a novel network architecture that overcomes many limitations of the current WDM/TDM PON approaches leading to significantly improved cost and power consumption figures. The key concept is the introduction of an Active Remote Node (ARN) that interfaces to end-users by means of the l...
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This paper proposes HYbriD long-Reach fiber Access network (HYDRA), a novel network architecture that overcomes many limitations of the current WDM/TDM PON approaches leading to significantly improved cost and power consumption figures. The key concept is the introduction of an active remote node that interfaces to end-users by means of the lowest...
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The rise of cloud services poses considerable challenges on the control of both cloud and carrier network infrastructures. While traditional telecom network services rely on rather static processes (often involving manual steps), the wide adoption of mobile devices including tablets, smartphones and wearables introduce previously unseen dynamics in...
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Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) paradigms are driving a number of research activities aiming to develop virtual network infrastructures where Network Functions (NF) and services could be executed as applications in ensemble of virtual machines. This paper addresses the problem of managing and orchestratin...
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In this paper we introduce the hypercube topology and show effects over the performance of communication networks in term of throughput and average lifetime. Hypercube network structures have been proposed as effective topologies to increase the network performance. We test this hypothesis by considering appropriate nonlinear traffic generation mod...
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This paper addresses the problem of managing highly dynamic network and service environments, where virtual nodes and virtual links are created and destroyed depending on traffic volumes, service requests, or high-level goals such as reduction in energy consumption. This problem will be one of the main technical challenges to be faced in the evolut...
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The rapid evolution of low-cost standard hardware coupled with the diffusion and the wide spread of new paradigms are stimulating Telco providers to explore the possibility of breaking down the ossification of the current Internet. This paves the way for the introduction of new approaches like Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network Function Vir...
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This paper is arguing that technology advances and cost reductions in processing, storage and communications will determine a growing amassing of resources at the edge of current networks (i.e., in the distribution and access areas, up to end Users premises). This trend, intertwined with new emerging paradigms such as Software Defined Networks, wil...
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In 2013, the IEEE Future Directions Committee (FDC) formed an SDN work group to explore the amount of interest in forming an IEEE Software-Defined Network (SDN) Community. To this end, a Workshop on “SDN for Future Networks and Services” (SDN4FNS’13) was organized in Trento, Italy (Nov. 11th-13th 2013). Following the results of the workshop, in thi...
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Network Service Chaining (NSC) is a service deployment concept that promises increased flexibility and cost efficiency for future carrier networks. NSC has received considerable attention in the standardization and research communities lately. However, NSC is largely undefined in the peer-reviewed literature. In fact, a literature review reveals th...
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Technology advances and costs reductions in processing, storage and communications will determine, in the next years, a growing amassing of IT and networking resources at the edge of current networks (i.e., not only in the distribution and access segments, but up to the end Users devices). Moreover, the edge is also where we are witnessing "intelli...
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The Software Defined Networks (SDNs) and Network Functions Virtualisation (NFVs), as recent separate research and development trends have the roots in programmable / active network technologies and standards developed a decade ago. In particular, they are associated with the decoupling of forwarding from control and hardware from networking softwar...
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Several recent proposals, namely Software Defined Networks (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Network Service Chaining (NSC), aim to transform the network into a programmable platform, focusing respectively on the control plane (SDN) and on the data plane (NFV/NSC). This paper sits on the same line of the NFV/NSC proposals but with a...
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This paper outlines a proposal for setting up an IEEE initiative on software defined networks (SDNs) to facilitate professional and academic exchange of SDN-related ideas, research, and development. The proposal is a result of an intensive effort of a team consisting of the authors. After a comprehensive gap analysis, gaps and key opportunities wer...
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Technology advances are making available huge amounts of processing, storage, networking capabilities at the edge (i.e., up to End-Users premises) of current networks. It is argued that these trends, coupled with new emerging paradigms such as Software Defined Networks, will impact deeply the evolution of future networks, allowing to design highly...
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This article addresses the potential impact of emerging technologies and solutions, such as software defined networking and network function virtualization, on carriers' network evolution. It is argued that standard hardware advances and these emerging paradigms can bring the most impactful disruption at the network's edge, enabling the deployment...
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The Internet constitutes the most vital scientific, technical, economic and societal set of infrastructures in existence and in operation today, serving 2.5 billion users. Continuing its development will secure future innovation and prosperity and underpin the sustainable economic growth needed in the future. Future Internet infrastructure research...
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The book is available on-line @ http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-642-38082-2
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This paper addresses the potential impact of emerging technologies, like software defined networking (SDN) and network virtualization (NV), on future network evolution. It is argued that the above mentioned technologies could bring a significant disruption at the edge networks, where it will be possible to develop distributed clouds of virtual reso...
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The challenge for the Telco is to find a viable technological and market perspective for escaping from the consolidation of current business. The paper argues that the virtualization and the creation of a platform for supporting a Virtual Continuum between real objects and their clones in the cloud can be a means to radically transform the present...
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The technological and market scenarios of cloud computing is dominated by web companies. They are offering cloud services in a walled garden fashion creating a wide segmentation in the market. Telcos will successfully compete in this market if they bring disruption at the technological and at the market level. This means to introduce new technical...
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The chapter addresses the potential impact of technologies like Autonomic, Cognitive, and Software Defined Networking on future networks evolution. It is argued that said technologies, coupled with a wide adoption of virtualization, will bring an impactful disruption at the edge of current networks: in less than a decade developing distributed clou...
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This paper presents Halos Networks as an architectural paradigm for developing ubiquitous networking and computing services at the edge of the networks A Halos Network is like a wireless network spontaneously emerging through the interactions of distributed resources embedding wireless communication capabilities. Halos Networks are capable of deliv...
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This paper elaborates about the potential risks of systemic instabilities in future networks and proposes a methodology to control and mitigate them. The starting concept is modeling the network as a complex environment (e.g. ecosystem) of resources and associated controllers in a continuous and dynamic game of cooperation and competition. Key obse...
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This paper elaborates about the potential risk of systemic instabilities in future networks and proposes a methodology to mitigate it. The starting concept is modeling the network as a complex environment (e.g. ecosystem) of resources and associated functional controllers in a continuous and dynamic game of cooperation - competition. Methodology fo...
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Computing and storage powers are progressively embedded in all sort of electronic devices interconnected by ubiquitous communications. This creates pervasive and complex environments fostering the development and evolution of services eco-systems. Autonomic technologies coupled with additional bio-inspired principles can provide strong elements for...
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Increasing complexity, heterogeneity, and dynamism of current networks (telecommunications, ICT, and Internet) are making current computational and communication infrastructures brittle, inefficient, and almost unmanageable. As a matter of fact, computing and storage are progressively embedded in all sorts of nodes and devices that are interconnect...
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Information and telecommunications technologies are migrating toward the future Internet (FI) era. Key characteristics envisaged are powerful network infrastructures, numerous applications and services as the Internet has become one of the most integral parts of our lives, and the evolution of existing and emergence of new business models. The infr...
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Future networks will be based on optical core infrastructures (with a limited number of nodes) inter-connecting different local networks (with optical and/or radio local connectivity) populated with a myriads of heterogeneous nodes with communication, processing and storage capabilities. This evolution will transform future networks into complex sy...
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Design, deployment and operations of future networks are expected to tackle a diverse range of business and technical challenges, such as how to empower networks with features of self-adapting to dynamic context and users' requirements, allowing for the emergence of disruptive business models and new industrial ecosystems. This paper focuses on def...
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Self-supervision and self-adaptation are key requirements for future network and service environment, in which also users' devices play an active role in service delivery. The characteristics of such systems, e.g., distribution, dynamicity, disappearing connectivity, prevent to adopt logically fully centralized solutions for implementing supervisio...
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The paper proposes the introduction of a Network Operating System, based on autonomic and cognitive capabilities, in order to improve manageability, QoS provision, and flexibility of future communication and processing infrastructures. The Network Operating System exploits a logically decentralized control logic through three planes: Network Contro...