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The CTTC 5G End-to-End Experimental Platform : Integrating Heterogeneous Wireless/Optical Networks, Distributed Cloud, and IoT Devices

Muñóz, Raul; Mangues-Bafalluy, Josep; Vilalta, Ricard; Verikoukis, Christos; Alonso-Zarate, Jesús; Bartzoudis, Nikolaos; Georgiadis, Apostolos; Payaró, Miquel; Pérez-Neira, Ana; Casellas, Ramon; Martínez, Ricardo; Núñez-Martínez, Jose; Manuel Requena Esteso, Manuel; Pubill, David; Font-Batch, Oriol; Henarejos, Pol; Serra, Jordi; Vazquez-Gallego, Francisco

The Internet of Things (IoT) will facilitate a wide variety of applications in different domains, such as smart cities, smart grids, industrial automation (Industry 4.0), smart driving, assistance of the elderly, and home automation. Billions of heterogeneous smart devices with different application requirements will be connected to the networks and will generate huge aggregated volumes of data that will be processed in distributed cloud infrastructures. On the other hand, there is also a general trend to deploy functions as software (SW) instances in cloud infrastructures [e.g., network function virtualization (NFV) or mobile edge computing (MEC)]. Thus, the next generation of mobile networks, the fifth-generation (5G), will need not only to develop new radio interfaces or waveforms to cope with the expected traffic growth but also to integrate heterogeneous networks from end to end (E2E) with distributed cloud resources to deliver E2E IoT and mobile services. This article presents the E2E 5G platform that is being developed by the Centre Tecnol?gic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), the first known platform capable of reproducing such an ambitious scenario.

Add H2020 projects to the OpenAire. This paper was partially supported by the European Commission through H2020-ICT-2014-2 project Flex5Gware (Contract Number 671563) and 5G-Crosshaul (Contract Number 671598), the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) through the projects FARO (TEC2012-38119), AEThER (TEC2014-58341-C4-4-R), CellFive (TEC2014-60130-P), 5GNORM (TEC2014-60491-R), and SOSRAD (TEC2012-39143), and by the Generalitat de Catalunya under grants 2014 SGR 1551. © 2016 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works.
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