Section: Partnerships and Cooperations

International Initiatives

Inria Associate Teams Not Involved in an Inria International Labs

  • Title: Internet of Things for Developping countries

  • International Partner (Institution - Laboratory - Researcher):

    • UY (Cameroon) - MASECNeSS - Thomas DJOTIO NDIE

  • Start year: 2016

  • See also: https://team.inria.fr/iot4dc/

  • Our goal is to connect wireless sensors networks (WSN) to the Internet through gateways. WSN should have several accessible gateways (depending on the size and quality of service needed) and gateways should be used by several wireless sensors networks. This is an optimization problem in a peculiar context featuring unreliable communications and equipments that are easily disturbed by environment .

  • Title: MAnagement of Software-Defined INfrastructure

  • International Partner (Institution - Laboratory - Researcher):

    • University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg) - SnT (Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust) - Radu State

    • Joint publications: [25], [12], [16]

  • Start year: 2016

  • See also: https://project.inria.fr/masdin

  • Networking is deeply evolving with the advent of new paradigms making the network more configurable and more dynamic. In particular, SDN (Software-Defined Network) consists in splitting the control plane and the data plane. A SDN-enabled switch is so only viewed as a specialized device in forwarding data traffic while a logically centralized controller exposes interfaces to services and applications strengthening their coupling. Hence, network is not only a medium of communication but a software component. In the same context, NFV (Network Function Virtualization) promotes the virtualization of all kinds of network functions (router, load-balancer, firewall…) on commodity server, a server in a cloud. These technologies are deeply changing networking principle by allowing a high flexibility in network management. The new features provided by these concepts will thus allow to reinvent the network management in all its areas, especially for network monitoring and provisioning. In addition, even more recent propositions argue for a finer granularity applying the programmability idea of SDN (working at flow level) to packet processing level by promoting the definition of a common language like P4 to reconfigure any switch at low level (vendor independent). The original goal of the associate team is to explore co-jointly this research area through four directions: Monitoring of NFV- and SDN-enabled networks, investigating the integration of data analytics as virtualized functions in virtual networks, security of SDN networks, service chain composition, programming packet processing with P4 and other equivalents. ICN (Information Centric Networking) is also an important topic which is addressed in the team, especially regarding performance (with SDN) and security.

    Furthermore, management of blockchain has been set as a new research topic to be focused in the team at the end of 2016. In the scope of network management, our objective is to design monitoring and orchestration methods for blockchain. In particular, we want to assess the relationships and impact between blockchain and network performance. We will have to define proper metrics to catch meaningful data to be analyzed. Moreover, a blockchain technology is by nature without authority (except in the private case), configuration requires thus to enforce some collaboration between nodes.