NGPaaS organizes a workshop on

‘5G Cloud Native Design’

in conjunction with IEEE 5G WF 2018, 9-11 July,  Santa Clara, California, USA

NEW NEW NEW: the agenda is available now, see the following link 

Here, our two Keynotes

Bill Snow is the Chief Development Officer with the Open Networking Foundation (formerly ON.Lab). He is responsible for all engineering and operations at ONF and leads the teams providing core engineering to the ONOS and CORD projects. Prior to joining ONF, Mr. Snow spent over 25 years in the industry building development teams and delivering innovative products. He has led engineering teams for both startups and public companies in the networking and security spaces. He was responsible for the routing and high availability teams delivering the Cisco CRS-1. He was also responsible for the Centillion LAN switching product line prior to Centillion’s acquisition by Bay Networks. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Stanford University as well as a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Stanford University.


Dr. Amina Boubendir is a researcher and project manager in Orange Labs France. Her research interests are mainly in the area of design and management of networks and services. Currently, Amina is leading research activities on the exposure and orchestration of network services and infrastructures, internally and externally in collaboration with industry and academia. She is member of the IEEE Communications Society, actively involved in the network and service management communities through conferences like “Innovation in Cloud, Internet and Networks (ICIN)”, “Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS)”, “Integrated Network Management (IM)”, and “Network Softwarization (NetSoft)”. Amina received an Engineering degree in Telecommunication Systems from the University of Science and Technology of Algiers, a Specialized Master in Network Design and Architecture from Télécom ParisTech, and a PhD in Networking and Computer Science from Télécom ParisTech.

Call for Papers

Click Here to submit via EDAS

DEADLINE EXTENDED: May 1st, 2018 (Firm due date)

Scope and Motivation

While bare metal deployment of applications seems fraught with problems and risk, the virtualization revolution, i.e. a layer of abstraction on top of the hardware, is transforming 5G software in “everything is a service”, that leads the Telco industry to cloud-native architectures.  Cloudification refers to Platform as a Service (PaaS) on top of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). PaaS is a platform that hides infrastructure details – typically IaaS details – from application development, build, ship, and deployment. PaaS promises to deliver network services and applications with higher agility and performance through “ancillary services” – scalability, high availability, state management, controllers, orchestrator… – provided once by the PaaS. Developers and service providers can therefore concentrate on their applications and businesses and improve time to market. An ideal 5G PaaS should not only facilitate building, shipping and running virtual network functions (VNF) with “telco-grade” quality, it should also combine those VNF with all sorts of third-party applications (from start-ups, FOSS, Verticals…) for creating new more versatile and powerful cloud objects breaking silos between connectivity and computing.

As 5G should be designed and implemented to run on public and/or private IaaS installations, the term “cloud-native 5G” describes the technology transformation that will essentially make 5G a platform. Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Intent based programming
  • Declarative Models
  • Service based Architecture for RAN
  • Platform abstraction and API
  • Standardised APIs, Models, modeling languages
  • Carrier-grade PaaS
  • Open-source software and tools experimentation in cloud-native 5G
  • Cloud-RAN Architecture, functional aspects, design issues and protocols
  • Analysis, modelling and characterization of Cloud-RAN systems
  • Service Programmability and Orchestration
  • 5G testbed implementation and deployment
  • Virtualization technologies 
  • Software defined hardware accelerators (FPGA, GPU)
  • New DevOps models with performance and quality enhancements
  • Distributed management Framework 
  • Multi-service and multi-tenancy and network slicing
  • High availability (resiliency, self-healing, redundancy)
  • Technology enablers  – Open source and standards (Open Source, ONAP, OPNFV, ONOS, CORD, Linux Foundation / TMF / ETSI / MEF)
  • Edge cloud brokers
  • Design principles and best practices for 5G application development
  • Analytics based policy
  • Automation

The workshop is organized by the NGPaaS project (, a H2020 5G-PPP phase 2 project and endorsed by 5G-PPP Software Network working group (

Important Dates:

  • Paper Submission Deadline: May 1st, 2018, Firm due date (Submit here)
  • Notification of Acceptance: 20 May 2018
  • Camera Ready Paper:  31 May 2018

Technical paper submissions: 

  • Full papers describing original research. Suggested size is four pages; papers up to six pages will be accepted and published in Xplore.
  • Extra pages will cost $100.


  • Bessem Sayadi, Nokia Bell-Labs, FR
  • Jose Soler, DTU Fotonik, DK
  • Paul Veitch, BT, UK
  • Bela Berde, Nokia Bell-Labs, FR

Program Committee Members:

  • Marcus Brunner, Swisscom, Switzerland
  • Rahim Tafazolli, University of Surrey, UK
  • David Hutchison, Lancaster University, UK
  • Luis Tomas Bolivar, Redhat, Spain
  • Michael MacGrath, Intel Labs, Ireland
  • Chih-Lin I, China Mobile Research Institute, China
  • Andreas Kassler, Karlstad University, Sweden
  • Danny Ras, Technion, Israel
  • Latré Steven, Antwerp University-IMEC, Belgium
  • Imran Latif, Quantenna, USA
  • Kurt Tutschku, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Vasilis Friderikos, Kings College London, UK
  • Robert Piechocki, University of Bristol, UK
  • Ning Wang, University of Surrey, UK
  • Rufael Mekuria, Unified streaming, Netherland
  • Michail Flouris, OnApp, UK
  • Leonardo Mariani, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
  • Erez Biton, Nokia, Israel

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