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PORVIR-5G: programability, orchestration and virtualization in 5G networks

Grant number: 20/05182-3
Support Opportunities:Research Projects - Thematic Grants
Duration: February 01, 2021 - January 31, 2026
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Computer Science - Computer Systems
Convênio/Acordo: MCTI/MC
Principal Investigator:José Marcos Silva Nogueira
Grantee:José Marcos Silva Nogueira
Host Institution: Instituto de Ciências Exatas (ICEx). Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG). Ministério da Educação (Brasil). Belo Horizonte , SP, Brazil
Pesquisadores principais:
Christian Rodolfo Esteve Rothenberg ; Cristiano Bonato Both ; Daniel Fernandes Macedo ; Magnos Martinello
Associated researchers: Juliano Araujo Wickboldt ; Lucio Rene Prade ; Moisés Renato Nunes Ribeiro ; Raquel Frizera Vassallo ; Rodolfo da Silva Villaca ; Rodrigo Laiola Guimarães ; Vinicius Fernandes Soares Mota
Associated scholarship(s):22/13821-1 - Evaluation of the Slice-as-a-Service support architecture, BP.TT
22/08143-4 - Communication model evaluation for optimization IoT in 5G through network programmability, BP.PD
22/07102-2 - Experiments, data collection, and analysis in network orchestration with a focus on Quality of Experience (QoE) guarantees in 5G, BP.IC
+ associated scholarships 22/01537-7 - Mobile land robot tracking by a drone-like aerial robot, BP.IC
21/15205-3 - A study on network orchestration with focus on Quality of Experience (QoE) guarantees in 5G, BP.IC
21/12368-9 - Investigation of auto-configuration and its programmability in network devices, BP.IC
21/09678-6 - Investigate ways to guarantee dependability in private clouds, BP.IC
21/08113-5 - Investigation and proposition of a programable massive machine-to-machine communication model for IoT in LPWAN, BP.IC - associated scholarships


The expected massive growth of mobile internet traffic in 5G mobile networks introduces the need to change the operators' networks. Such networks require a drastic transformation towards open, scalable and elastic ecosystems supporting new types of communication. The PORVIR-5G project will develop and demonstrate a programmable fronthaul and backhaul integrating wireless with optical-packet networks and cloud solutions. It is intended to exploit virtual network splits that optimize resource allocation across the wireless, optical, packet, and compute/storage domains. Key enablers for PORVIR-5G are (i) slicing over packet, wireless, and optical resources, controlled by (ii) deep programmability interfaces, where the devices are configured by network functions to provide the required performance for the future applications on the Internet. This programmability allows a more refined (iii) end-to-end and multilayer orchestration, considering the quality of experience of the users for each type of applications over the network. This project will validate and demonstrate the proposed programmability and virtualization capabilities in three demonstrations, each one of them enabling the key performance demands of 5G networks: an internet of things demonstrator focusing on massive machine-type communication; a smart city demonstration for reliable and ultra-low latency flows; and a high bandwidth video demonstrator showcasing the next-generation mobile broadband. (AU)

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