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Dr.-Ing. Marius-Iulian Corici
Deputy Director 
Business Unit NGNI
Tel.: +49 30 3463-7271

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Mobile Cloud Networking

Nov. 01, 2012 to Apr. 30, 2016

The new EU funded large-scale Integrating Project (IP) ICT Call 8 FP7-ICT-2011-8 Future Communication Architecture for Mobile Cloud Services starts in November under the title of "Mobile Cloud Networking" having TU Berlin/AV and Fraunhofer FOKUS/NGNI involved.

Proposal Abstract and idea of EU "MOBILE CLOUD NETWORKING" project:

MobileCloud is Mobile Network + Decentralised Computing + Smart Storage offered as One Service - On-Demand, Elastic and Pay-As-You-Go. The top-level objectives of the MobileCloud project are a) to develop a novel mobile "network" architecture and technologies, using proof-of-concept prototypes, to lead the way from current mobile networks to a fully cloud-based mobile communication system, and b) to extend cloud computing so as to support on-demand and elastic provisioning of novel mobile services. MobileCloud will investigate, implement, and evaluate the technological foundations for that system. It will meet real-time performance needs, support efficient and elastic use and sharing of both radio access and mobile core network resources between operators. Mobile network functionalities - such as baseband unit processing, mobility management and QoS control - will run on the enhanced mobile cloud platform leveraging commodity hardware. This requires extensions towards higher decentralization and enhancing those functionalities to elastically scale up and down based on load.

The end-to-end control and management orchestrates infrastructure and services across several technological domains: wireless, mobile core and data center, providing guaranteed end-to-end SLAs and AAA as well as service mobility through the Follow-Me Cloud concept.

Besides the technological aspects, MobileCloud will identify and evaluate overarching novel business models that support the exploitation of the mobile cloud in various multi-stakeholder scenarios. The MobileCloud architecture will be evaluated in realistic scenarios and with a set of concrete use-cases, based on applications such as mobile cloud enabled digital signage. The evaluation will be done from diverse viewpoints, exploiting the well-balanced and representative consortium, including leading industry from the telecommunication as well as the cloud computing segments.

The chair AV of TU Berlin is mainly involved in the WP3: "Mobile Cloud Infrastructural Foundation" and WP5: "Mobile Platform" development around IMS-as-a-Service based on Cloud Computing principles (on-demand, elastic, pay-as-you-go).

Fraunhofer FOKUS is mainly involved in WP3: "MobileCloud Infrastructural Foundations" and WP4: "Mobile Network Cloud" around virtualization concepts of the Evolved-Packet-Core (EPC).

The OpenEPC toolkit of Fraunhofer FOKUS and TU Berlin is a major building block for validating concepts developed the context of the MobileCloud project. Both partners have a long history of Fraunhofer FOKUS and the Chair AV in Next-Generation-Networks starting with Session-Initiation-Protocol (SIP), IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), and Evolved-Packet-Core (EPC). OpenIMSCore and OpenEPC are internationally recognized toolkits, which are used by the academia and industry for fast prototyping of novel access-networks, core network components as well as innovating services development.