NGPaaS organizes an Exciting



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The panelists in the conference


Monday 16 April, 11:45am-1:15pm

Title: 5G, a Platform and not a Protocol?  On Recent Trends for Accelerating and Securing Cloud Native 5G


  • Bessem Sayadi, Nokia Bell-Labs, France
  • Amira Alloum, Nokia Bell Labs, France


  • Liu Song, INTEL, USA,
  • Michele Paolino, Virtual Open Systems,
  • Yehuda Naveh, IBM Research, Israel,
  • Roberto Di Pietro, HBKU College, Qatar

With the promise of offering ultra-reliable, low-latency communications, high speed, 5G is expected to introduce a golden digital age of remote healthcare, autonomous cars and advanced robotics use-cases. It heralds an explosion of augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) applications and accelerates the already rapid growth of the Internet of Things (IoT). But today’s mobile networks are not set up in a way that can handle 5G requirements without needing extensive over-engineering. To make 5G possible, they’ll need to borrow principles of the more scalable, flexible networks that deliver cloud-based services from IT companies like Amazon and Google.

This transformation is called cloud native. For realizing this vision, another model than Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) must be adopted, a model derived from the cloud service providers themselves, a model made by the developers for the developers, and known as the Platform-As-A-Service (PaaS) concept.

One of the requirement to build a PaaS is to adopt the micro-service based architecture. The micro-service approach allows to simplify complicated software systems by breaking them into sub-components and distributing these components across many computing servers. In this approach, an application consists of many small independent services, each service is running on its own independent process.

The introduction of micro-services in cloud infrastructure provides modularity, flexibility and distributed software components, but raise new challenges related mainly on their ability to address the stringent requirements of 5G in terms of latency, high reliability and high resiliency and also to the security aspect which is complexified due to the explosion of micro-services number and as consequence the increase of the attack surface.

For the first part, the panel will discuss how the microservices can address the Telco-grade feature of 5G PaaS? How they should be virtualized and deployed? How they should be accelerated? What kind of isolation should be put in place to enable microservices support end to end network slicing together with safety critical related verticals (e.g., energy, automotive)?

The second part of the panel will discuss the cloud security which should be designed side-by-side to the technological evolution of the platform.  In fact, 5G raise many security challenges, as a significant amount of sensitive data would be communicated over the wireless media, then often stored and processed as a service by the cloud operator’s data centers using the PaaS. Hence, data privacy is being a growing concern for all Telecommunication parties (Telecom and cloud operators, service providers, constructors, corporate clients and private users), and the need for software privacy and security solutions inherent to the cloud service is increasing. So far, practical systems have considered a security agnostic to the transmission system, however numerous theoretical insights back to C.E. Shannon have established that fundamentally secure transmission is attainable by jointly design the reliability with the security. Additionally, achieving information theoretical security using coding constructions in wiretap models is considered as one of major alternatives for facing the security challenges of the post quantum era after the collapse of the contemporary protocols and cryptography algorithms based on computational complexity as factorization and discrete logarithm problems. Accordingly it is critical to pave the way for the coming post quantum cloud security, by providing further understanding and insight  into the  technical challenges to come, as into the recent research  avenues   that need to progress in this area.

This panel is organized in collaboration with  the NGPaaS project (, a H2020 5G-PPP phase 2 project.

This panel will be a brainstorming on identification of emerging concepts, technologies, and tools for accelerating and securing microservices for cloud-native 5G system. The aim is to:

  • bring together leading researchers from both academia and industry,
  • provide a forum for researchers from diverse backgrounds to share their views on design and development of microservices-based cloud-native 5G system,
  • launch an open dialogue on the acceleration and security in microservice architecture,
  • identify key cloud-native enablers and technologies that can deliver significant performance, capacity, coverage, and user-experience improvements in future high-performance microservice development and operational environments.

Establish an Insight from research and industrial perspective into the coming post quantum security Algorithms and Protocols.