Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and the Road to 5G

Instructor: Javan Erfanian

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 - 9:00am to 4:30pm EST

Online via WebEx

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Course Description

This course covers an understanding of network function virtualization, software-defined networking and 5G, along with their essential role, where and how they fit, and how they are realized and evolved. In this context, market demands and economic drivers, NFV and SDN principles, architecture, infrastructure, end-to-end orchestration, data models, Openstack framework, OpenFlow, open source projects, and global initiatives are discussed, together with role of big data and automation, and need for cost and energy efficiency, flexibility and elasticity, scalability and sustainability. The transformational next generation architecture is defined as a service oriented and business-agile one, providing network/slice-on-demand, with an understanding of how the combination of virtualization, softwarization, cloudification and end-to-end orchestration works. The vision, characterization, wide range of use cases, requirements, design principles, and enabling technologies for 5G will be outlined and discussed, keeping in mind feasibility, timelines, standardization, global initiatives and plans, sustainability, and policy. In all areas, in addition to the demands and prospects, challenges, gaps, and realities are highlighted. The session is interactive and questions shared at any time.

Who Should Attend

All with an interest to develop an understanding of Network Function Virtualization, Software-Defined Networking and 5G, how they fit and work together, and what is expected in this end-to-end space and its roadmap in the next few years leading into the next decade.


Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and the Road to 5G

Javan Erfanian

IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE WCP

Javan Erfanian has been an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer for years, an editor and author for the Wireless Engineering Book of Knowledge, and a member of IEEE WCET (Wireless Communications Engineering Technologies) Industry Advisory Board. He has about 20 years of experience in telecommunications research, lectures, and practice. He has taught many academic and industry courses and programs, particularly on Communications and Wireless Systems. In his IEEE involvement, Javan was also Chair of Communications Society in Toronto, and the Canadian correspondent for Communications Magazine in late 90s. He received the IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000. His earlier publications are cited in research journals and textbooks. Javan has extensive experience in wireless industry. His recent contributions to research forums & standards bodies have focused on future wireless technologies from service environment and user interaction to next-generations of technologies, networks and operational excellence.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course you are expected to:

  • To get an appreciation for the end-to-end picture of network evolution & roadmap, key components and enablers, how each works, and how they fit together
  • Understand NFV, SDN, orchestration, slice, open source and initiatives
  • Understand 5G, vision, requirements, use cases, requirements and design principles
  • Understand next generation service oriented NFV/SDN based architecture and enabling technologies, standardization and timelines, and key areas of and demands for innovations and research

Course Content

Consistent with the description indicated, the course outline will particularly include:

  • Motivations and drivers for change, market and user demands, economic sustainability, opportunities and paradigm changes, cost of ownership and time to market challenges – cost, energy and time-to-market efficiency
  • Understanding network function virtualization, its role and architecture, virtual functions, NFV infrastructure, management and orchestration, and use cases
  • Understanding software-defined networking, its role, key attributes, architecture, control and data planes, OpenFlow
  • Open source and initiatives, cloudification, cloud computing platform and Openstack
  • End-to-end NFV, SDN, & Orchestration architecture
  • 5G vision, characterization, use cases, requirements, design principles
  • IoT and Verticals requirements; low-latency and use cases with extreme requirements; augmented and virtual reality; anything-as-a-service
  • Service oriented architecture, network slice, and slice on demand, NFV/SDN-based and cloudified 5G and role of full flexibility, scalability, big data and automation
  • End-to-end technology enablers from softwarization and virtualization to ultra-dense networks, mmWave and other bands, C-RAN, massive MIMO, new radio, edge
  • 5G initiatives, timelines and standardization; 2017-2020+, realities & roadmap

Course Materials

Each registered participant receives a copy of instructor slides and access to the recording of the course for 15 business days after the live lecture. Earn 0.6 IEEE Continuing Education Untis for participating and completing the post-course evaluation.

Course materials and WebEx invitation are emailed to participants at least one business day prior to the start of the course.

Course Cancellation and Refund Policy: 

Requests for online course cancellations must be received 3 business days prior to the course date for a full refund. Once course materials have been shared with a participant, cancellation and refund requests cannot be accommodated.

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