2nd International ICST Conference on Communications and Networking in China

Research Article

Validation of the Ambient Networks System Architecture

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1109/CHINACOM.2007.4469501,
        author={Aurelian Bria and Jan Markendahl and Rene Rembarz and Petteri P\o{}yh\o{}nen and Csaba Simon and Marco Miozzo and Nadeem Akhtar and Ralf Jennen},
        title={Validation of the Ambient Networks System Architecture},
        proceedings={2nd International ICST Conference on Communications and Networking in China},
        keywords={Ambient Networks  Heterogeneous Networks  Multi-access  Multi-operator  Multi-service  Network Composition},
  • Aurelian Bria
    Jan Markendahl
    Rene Rembarz
    Petteri Pöyhönen
    Csaba Simon
    Marco Miozzo
    Nadeem Akhtar
    Ralf Jennen
    Year: 2008
    Validation of the Ambient Networks System Architecture
    DOI: 10.1109/CHINACOM.2007.4469501
Aurelian Bria1,*, Jan Markendahl1,*, Rene Rembarz2,*, Petteri Pöyhönen3,*, Csaba Simon4,*, Marco Miozzo5,*, Nadeem Akhtar6,*, Ralf Jennen7,*
  • 1: Royal Institute of Technology
  • 2: Ericsson Research
  • 3: Nokia Siemens Networks
  • 4: Technical University Budapest
  • 5: Consorzio Ferrara Ricerche
  • 6: University of Surrey
  • 7: RWTH Aachen University
*Contact email: aurelian@radio.kth.se, jan.markendahl@radio.kth.se, rene.rembarz@ericsson.com, petteri.poyhonen@nsn.com, simon@tmit.bme.hu, mzzmrc@unife.it, N.Akhtar@surrey.ac.uk, jen@comnets.rwth-aachen.de


The Ambient Networks project develops a complete and coherent solution for control architectures in future networks. In particular, the concept of Ambient Control Space has been proposed to support a technology-agnostic, modular and dynamic control plane. The second phase of the project (2006-2007) has an increased focus on validation, where two complementary tracks are being followed: proof-ofconcept prototyping and performance evaluation through simulations. The prototype modules, focusing on requirement engineering, were validated during the process of integrating them into a common control space prototype, which was later used to build the demonstration setups. The system performance evaluation through simulations deals with aspects such as capacity utilization, reachability, cost and performance trade-offs and also provides evidence that the additional AN features (e.g., composition) do not introduce excessive signaling overhead. We target different composition aspects, advertising & discovery, negotiation of composition agreements and their interaction with multi-radio access and mobility control. Our validation approach is based on several use cases.