SUPER aims to develop programmable networks and services that are user-centric, reliable, sustainable, and quickly adaptable. This involves creating a modular, open, lightweight, and scalable edge-device platform, utilizing Machine Learning for monitoring and prediction. Additionally, the project focuses on a programmable heterogeneous core network with optimal traffic management and service composition, AI-driven programmable and heterogeneous Radio Access Networks, and advanced algorithms for managing distributed services and resource optimization.

SUPER is part of Spoke 4 – Programmable Networks for Future Services and Media

Project PI: Carla Fabiana Chiasserini

The project laid out an architecture for workload and routing optimization in edge and field networks, including an abstraction layer, AI components, a network automation component, and a metrology tool.

It also worked on data plane programmability tools, such as eBPF and P4, for program composition, in-network traffic analysis, delay control, as well as on the related resource orchestration approaches.

Other activities focused on frameworks to run time-sensitive applications on virtualized resources, implement semantic network slicing for optimized offloading, and optimize resources for O-RAN applications.

The project then worked on the design of models, data-driven optimization algorithms and dynamic control policies for the orchestration of highly distributed, resource-intensive, and latency sensitive applications.

A set of nine guiding use cases were designed and supported by the industrial partners, and were mapped to seventeen innovations that were proposed by the project partners.
The main outcomes achieved so far within SUPER cover different aspects of the project scope, including:

  • orchestration strategies and architectures, e.g. for service composition in the edge-to-cloud continuum or machine-learning model training;
  • frameworks for offloading tasks to the edge-cloud, or for forecasting energy demands in electric vehicle charging infrastructures;
  • algorithms for distributed, latency-sensitive applications and federated learning support;
  • O-RAN application optimization, targeting energy-saving and quality of service;
  • key technologies and software tools for advanced Linux-kernel networking programmability, real-time traffic feature extraction and in-network measurements, SD-WAN tunnel quality measurement and selection, and edge computing resource planning.

A number of use cases were proposed by industrial partners, including optimizing mobile video delivery, end-to-end orchestration for managing 4G/5G private networks, interoperability with 5G core network.

These use cases were mapped to seventeen innovations that were proposed by the project partners, focusing on service provisioning and service/resource orchestration on heterogeneous infrastructures, including open radio access networks, efficient monitoring and network traffic analysis tools, data path acceleration.
The KPIs reported below were achieved by the SUPER project at the end of project month 14. The expected value is computed starting from the overall expected value specified in the RESTART proposal divided by a weighted sum of the number of structural projects (Nsp = 14) and the number of focused projects (Nfp = 18), as follows: SUPER expected value = RESTART expected value / (1 × Nsp + 0.5 × Nfp)

Scientific peer-reviewed publications in journals/magazines:
Expected: ≥ 8
Accomplished: 13
Readiness level: 1.625/0.40 > 100%

Scientific peer-reviewed publications at international conferences: Expected: ≥ 12
Accomplished: 23
Readiness level: 1.92/0.40 > 100%

Scientific peer-reviewed joint publications co-authored by at least two partners:
Expected: ≥ 30%
Accomplished: 7 out of the expected 20 = 35%
Readiness level: 1.17/0.40 > 100%

Seminars, invited/keynote talks and other dissemination events:
Expected: ≥ 2
Accomplished: 4 invited talks + 7 keynotes
Readiness level: 5.5/0.40 > 100%

Project Meetings:
Expected: ≥ 6
Accomplished: 3
Readiness level: 0.50/0.40 > 100%

Open source contributions (including data sets):
Expected: ≥ 1 available data sets, ≥ 3 FOSS communities
Accomplished: 1 data set
Readiness level (data set): 1/0.40 > 100%

Standardization contributions:
Expected: ≥ 1
Accomplished: 1
Readiness level: 1/0.40 > 100%
Other KPIs:
-Scientific peer-reviewed joint publications co-authored with industry: 2
-Scientific peer-reviewed joint publications co-authored with international collaborators: 13
-Master Theses with acknowledgement to SUPER: 8
-Courses covering SUPER relevant topics: 3
-Applications for national/international funding: 3
-PhD Theses with acknowledgement to SUPER: 7
-International visitors (PhD students/researchers): 2
-Expected: First release of the lightweight resource provisioning platform and experimental evaluation; and first release of the AI-based network intelligence solution.
-Accomplished: Software regarding a selection of modules of the platform was released privately alongside deliverable 2.1. This included part of the service placement and the monitoring intelligence. Therefore, this can be considered as a successful “first release.” Completed by 31/12/2023.
-Readiness level: 1.00/0.40 = 2.50

-Expected: Tools for programmable dataplanes: report on the design of tools.
-Accomplished: The final design of the toolkit has been completed, and an initial prototype for some of the tools has been developed. In addition, a set of preliminary results was documented in deliverable D3.1. Consequently, this can be considered as a successful “first release.” Completed by 31/12/2023.
-Readiness level: 1.00/0.40 = 2.50

-Expected: Design of data-plane interfaces and orchestration enablers for advanced, heterogeneous RANs.
-Accomplished: T4.1 and T4.2 outputs have been published in D4.1, which reports data-plane interfaces and orchestration enablers for advanced and heterogeneous RANs. The release of D4.1 marks the achievement of M4.1. Completed by 31/12/2023.
-Readiness level: 1.00/0.40 = 2.5

-Expected: Design of model and data-driven algorithmic solutions for global optimization and dynamic control agents. Initial evaluation, comparison, and analysis of combination of model and data-driven solutions, driving refinement plan. Definition of relevant application/vertical use cases.
-Accomplished: Competitive set of optimization algorithms and control policies designed. Relevant use cases identified. Results reported in deliverable D5.1. Completed by 31/12/2023.
-Readiness level: 1.00/0.40 = 2.5

-Expected: Definition of use cases, scenarios and requirements. Five Vertical Scenarios have been defined from which nine Guiding Use Cases were stemmed, covering various areas of programmable networks.
-Accomplished: completed on 31/08/2023.
-Readiness level: 1.00/0.40 = 2.5

Collaboration proposals: for any proposal of collaboration within the project please contact the project PI.