Special Issue "Intent-Based Software-Defined Networks"
A special issue of Computers (ISSN 2073-431X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 September 2021.
With the emergence of new services and applications, fifth generation (5G) networks are being investigated to address the demands of a wide range of users and cope with their needs in terms of end-to-end latency, reliability and scalability, in order to foster the use of mobile devices and provide flexible and efficient network connections. On the other hand, software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) can be considered key technologies to transform current networks into softwarized networks where 5G goals are met. SDN provides the programmability feature that is essential to foster 5G network operations while reducing operational costs. NFV allows for virtualizing network resources and decoupling them from hardware platforms by promoting the softwarization of network functionalities, thus making the network easy to deploy and more adaptable to eventual changes.
In such a context, intent-based networking (IBN) has emerged as a novel form of network administration that allows automating the management of network operations and increasing their availability. IBN offers to network administrators a simple way to express their business objectives while enabling the network software to automatically achieve those goals. Intent relies on the programmability feature of SDN to plan, design, and operate networks in a simple and agile manner, thus abstracting networks’ complexity.
Intent-based networking raises new challenges for researchers to investigate, redesign, and develop SDN-based networks in the 5G era. This Special Issue will cover the latest contributions of researchers in, but not limited to, the following research topics:
- Software-defined networks
- Intent-based networking
- Network slicing
- Network virtualization
- Automated network management and orchestration
Dr. Molka Gharbaoui
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- Intent-based networking