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.