We expect that, by adopting the ACINO approach, verticals and applications owners will benefit from a transport ecosystem that is capable of “talking their language”. Service providers will be able to identify new application-centric service offerings specifically geared towards high/medium throughput applications. Network operators will be able to transfer, protect and secure large amounts of data generated by applications in a more effective way, by executing operations initiated by the applications themselves. Equipment vendors will be able to demonstrate the value of multi-granularity systems that can match the needs of the applications and gather a feedback about the relevant control features that are useful for external orchestrators. Finally, ACINO will develop a software solution (i.e., the multi-layer network orchestrator) that is of clear interest for SDN application developers and control plane vendors.

To summarize, the expected impact of ACINO can be decomposed into the following points:

  • Enable transport network services directly satisfying the application’s needs;
  • Prove the value of dynamic and elastic optical technologies;
  • Tackle the lack of dynamic control of transport networks by means of automated SDN-based multi-layer resource orchestration;
  • Reduce energy consumption by bypassing the grooming layer;
  • Foster the emergence of open industry with an open source and vendor-agnostic approach;
  • Disseminate the results in high-impact journals and major conferences.
The ACINO EU project is funded by the European Commission within the H2020 Research and Innovation programme, Grant Number 645127.