The IEEE GLOBECOM Workshop on Cloudified Architectures for 5G and beyond Systems will be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE on December 9, 2018 in conjunction with IEEE Globecom 2018.
A major challenge for future wireless systems is the design of flexible network architectures that can support an increasingly diverse set of applications and services with heterogeneous user and network requirements. Existing commercial wireless systems – both 3GPP and non-3GPP ones – rely on closed hardware-based platforms. Such a rigid paradigm dramatically delays the adoption and deployment of new standards; also, it imposes significant challenges in the implementation and innovation of techniques to support new services, to maximize spectrum and network efficiency, and to improve wireless coverage.
Software-defined networking enables reconfigurable, scalable, low-cost, and efficient solutions for enhanced mobile broadband communications, massive machine-type communications, and ultra-reliable low latency communications, which are the main three targets for 5G developers. Thanks to virtualization technology and network function virtualization, deployed wireless systems will be ready to support innovative communication solutions including those using THz spectrum or light communications.