The ACINO project will last 36 months. The implementation strategy is based on a comprehensive approach that incorporates all the aspects that are essential to achieve the planned objectives.
The project consist of 6 workpackages.
WP1 “Project coordination and management”:
Handles all the administrative and financial issues of the consortium. Moreover, it also deals with the project quality management, thereby ensuring quality of the results and deliverables.
WP2 “Network, services, and case-studies definition”:
Specifies the reference networks and scenarios that will be used in the project. It also identifies relevant use-cases in which the application of the ACINO approach will be investigated and demonstrated during the project. WP2 also evaluates the proposed application-centric vision from a techno-economic point of view and evaluate the migration strategies from the currently deployed solutions.
WP3 “Control framework, programmability and application-centric optimization solutions”:
This work package is mainly dedicated to the theoretical studies carried out in the project. It defines the control framework in terms of modules, interfaces, protocols and interactions between all the components of the ACINO network architecture. It also defines the primitives that will be exposed to the applications and the clients. Then, it investigates cross-layer strategies tailored to the needs of the applications for the planning and the optimization of transport networks.
WP4 “Implementation of the multi-layer programmable orchestrator”:
This work package is dedicated to the implementation activities of ACINO. It starts with the setup of the emulation environment, and then it goes ahead with the implementation of the basic modules of the orchestrator. It also of the modules for the in-operation network planning and the online computation that will accommodate the algorithms and solutions developed in WP3. In WP4 the consortium implements the northbound interfaces towards applications and the clients and the primitives that will be used to trigger specific application-centric services. Finally, it includes the development of the southbound interfaces and protocols to control the data plane. The first task of the WP provides coordination of all the aforementioned activities, performs integration of the various modules developed in the other tasks, and performs preliminary tests of the orchestrator functionalities in the emulation environment.
WP5 “Integration and Experimental Validation”:
This work package experimentally validates the ACINO application-centric concept. More specifically, it is responsible for the definition and the setup of the test-bed, for the definition of the use-cases to be demonstrated, and the specification of the performance metrics. After that, it resorts to the achievements of WP3 and WP4 to lead the integration of the orchestrator and the application-centric solutions (i) in an emulation environment to demonstrate the advantages of the ACINO approach in a controlled and scalable environment, (ii) in a test-bed composed by commercial IP and optical nodes.
WP6 “Dissemination, Communication, Standardization, Exploitation”:
WP6 will coordinate the activities to create a wide impact and to make sure that the scientific results and technological innovations are widely exploited in Europe and beyond.