Icon: The Problem

The problem

Today, rigid network control limits the flexibility of service creation.

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The Idea

We pursue full network and service virtualization to enable rich and flexible services and operational efficiency.

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The Solution

The UNIFY consortium researches, develops and evaluates means to orchestrate, verify and observe end-to-end service delivery from home and enterprise networks through aggregation and core networks to data centres.

Latest News

Demonstration in Hong Kong at BBF Q1 meeting

Broadband Forum newsletter reports UNIFY demonstaration at Q1 meeting as following

"UNIFY  –  an  EU-funded  research  program  which  has  already  done  good  work  on  how  to migrate  to  a  network  based  on  SDN  and NFV  techniques  –  was  demonstrated  to  members during  the  Broadband  Forum  Q1  meeting.  UNIFY  is  one  approach  relevant  to  the  SD-365 Controller  analysis  being  carried  out  in  Joint  Architecture  and  Migration  and  SDN-NFV sessions.  It  follows  multi-company  contributions  at  the  2015  Q3  and  Q4  meetings"

UNIFY featured in official Ericsson Blog

Results from all technical Unify Work packages have recently been feature in the official blog of Ericsson Research. The first blog entry discusses the UNIFY control plane abstraction and control architecture to create a joint compute and networking virtualization and programming API. The second post discusses how UNIFY proposes to achieve flexibility and high performance with real-time composition of packet processing primitives. Finally, the latest blog entry introduces the UNIFY SP-DevOps concept and shows how it starts to get real with the recent first release of the  SP-DevOps Toolkit.

SP-DevOps Toolkit v1 Released

The UNIFY project announced a first version of the SP-DevOps Toolkit at the Network Function Virtualization Research Group (NFVRG) meeting held at IETF94 in Yokohama. The SP-DevOps Toolkit is an assembly of tools and support functions developed in WP4 of UNIFY to support developers and operators to efficiently observe, verify and troubleshoot software-defined infrastructure. Its main purpose is to allow the community at large to experiment with solutions developed in the project to address challenges outlined in draft-unify-nfvrg-devops.

The SP-DevOps toolkit has the following components (links point directly to source code repositories):

  • DoubleDecker, a support function that provides scalable communication services for virtual monitoring functions
  • EPOXIDE, a troubleshooting framework that enables integrating different tools into a troubleshooting graph
  • RateMon, a scalable distributed congestion detector for software-defined networks
  • AutoTPG, a verification tool that actively probes the FlowMatch part of OpenFlow rules and is particularly useful in case of wildcarded flow descriptors