Vertical Testbeds: Designs, Implementation Experiences, Obstacles and the role of Open Source

One of the main goals of a testbed is to demonstrate and validate newly designed and developed technology components. Typically, in order to accomplish this objective, it includes integrating a large number of diverse technology elements in a common framework where different trial sites and components can be interconnected in a variety of configurations depending on the requirements. The resulting highly integrated platform is then used to not only experimentally validate individual components but to also, verify whether the overall system can satisfy the stringent requirements imposed by the verticals.

The integration of these diverse technology elements and their deployment can be materialized through a Testbed implementation realizing the full potential of 5G working in tandem with the open-source ecosystem.  5G networks need to support diverse requirements and services. Thus, a focus of their design is on supporting disaggregated network functions that are modular, flexible, supporting extensible open interfaces and cloud-native in all aspects. Open source must adopt and demonstrate these design principles in order to successfully integrate into advanced wireless networks.

The Testbed Vertical track intends to introduce the challenges that 5G aims to solve with regard to the spectrum demand and the convergence of different wireless communication services. In addition, the track looks for overseeing the applicability of certain open source projects in 5G.

The Testbed Vertical Invited Talks will provide a venue for leading experts in the world to showcase and discuss the design of testbeds for experimental validation and trialing of a number of emerging 5G vertical applications. These invited talks will feature highly influential speakers who have directly contributed to successful 5G Testbed deployment and vertical applications in their respective fields. The talks and discussions will focus on innovative and leading-edge, large-scale industry or government applications of 5G Testbeds in areas such as health-care, bio-informatics, public policy, infrastructure, telecommunications, automotive and transportation, rural and agriculture, aerial, public safety, education, defence, and space.

Workshop Co-Chairs:

Aloizio P. Silva
NSF PAWR Project Office/ Northeastern University

Ivan Seskar
Rutgers University