May 22, 2017

Multidimensional Resource Allocation in NFV Cloud

  • Goldstein M.
  • Raz D.
  • Segall I.

Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is a new networking paradigm in which network functionality is implemented on top of virtual infrastructure deployed over COTS servers. One of the main motivations for the shift of telco operators into this paradigm is cost reduction, thus the efficient use of resources is an important challenge in this area. This problem is complex since the term ``resources'' covers different orthogonal aspects, such as servers CPU, storage (or disk) usage, and network capacity. In this paper we study the placement of the VMs (Virtual Machines) that implement the network functions over the physical infrastructure, trying to understand what makes a placement scheme better than others in the overall utilization of the various resources. We show that the multidimensional case is inherently different from the single dimension case, and develop novel placement heuristics to address the specific challenges. We then show, by extensive evaluation over real data, that operators can significantly improve their resource utilization by selecting the most appropriate placement policy, according to their system specifications and the deployed network functions.

Recent Publications

June 04, 2017

A New PRACH Transmission Scheme in Unlicensed Spectrum

  • Luo Z.
  • Meng Y.
  • Tao T.

For the unlicensed spectrum, the occupied bandwidth requirement is demanded by some regulations. The legacy scheme of Physical Random Access Channel (PRACH) for Long Term Evolution (LTE) cannot satisfy it. In this paper, we propose a novel PRACH transmission scheme to satisfy the requirement of unlicensed spectrum based on preamble ...

June 01, 2017

Mutual service processes in Euclidean spaces: existence and ergodicity

  • Baccelli F.
  • Mathieu F.
  • Norros I.

Consider a set of objects, abstracted to points of a spatially stationary point process in R-d, that deliver to each other a service at a rate depending on their distance. Assume that the points arrive as a Poisson process and leave when their service requirements have been fulfilled. We show ...

June 01, 2017

Incentivizing social media users for mobile crowdsourcing

  • Aiello L.
  • Karaliopoulos M.
  • Koutsopoulos I.
  • Micholia P.
  • Morales G.
  • Quercia D.

We focus on the problem of contributor-task matching in mobile crowd-sourcing. The idea is to identify existing social media users who possess domain expertise (e.g., photography) and incentivize them to perform some tasks (e.g., take quality pictures). To this end, we propose a framework that extracts the potential contributors' expertise ...