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Prosper Chemouil, Noura Limam, Chadi Assi, Lisandro Zambenedetti Granville, Imen Grida Ben Yahia, Ana Garcia Armada, Baek-Young Choi, Michele Nogueira, Dola Saha, Anum Talpur
2018 IEEE Communications Magazine  
The telecommunications landscape has been changing and will continue to change in the next few years. Pervasive ultra-broadband, programmable networks, and cost reduction of IT systems, are paving the way to new services and commoditization of telecommunication infrastructures, while lowering entrance barriers for new players and giving rise to new value chains. While this results in considerable challenges for service providers, this transformation also brings unprecedented opportunities for
more » ... e Digital Society and the Digital Economy. 5G networks and beyond are expected to both exploit and accelerate this transformation. NetSoft was created in 2015 by the IEEE SDN Initiative as a flagship conference aiming to address "Softwarization" of networks and systemic trends concerning the convergence of Cloud Computing, Software-Defined Networks (SDN), and Network Function Virtualization (NFV). Network softwarization and programmability promise to reduce operational costs, provide better flexibility, and bring new service paradigms. They are enabling the deployment of 5G infrastructures, from high data rate fixed-mobile services to the Internet of Things, accelerating the current digital transformation witnessed by the industry. This evolution was reflected in the theme of NetSoft 2018: "Achieving smart network softwarization". NetSoft 2018 was organized into five days, including tutorials and workshops, as follows. The core of the conference ran on Tuesday, June 26 through Thursday, June 28 and featured four visionary keynote talks delivered by world-class researchers and practitioners, a distinguished expert panel discussion, 10 technical sessions covering recent advances and emerging challenges in network sofwarization, and three demo sessions showcasing nine prototypes and proof-of-concept implementations of ongoing research. On Monday, June 25 and Friday, June 29, four focused workshops and four practical tutorials complemented the program. The conference attracted 164 participants representing 25 countries, a significant increase compared to NetSoft 2017. The vast majority of participants attended the main track of NetSoft.
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