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Monday, 19 March 2018 back

GSSI PhD student in the winning team of the SoftFIRE Challenge

For the creativeness and technical proficiency in provided solutions applied to the SoftFIRE federated testbed running an NFV/SDN environment, the netgroup team at CNIT/uniroma2 has just won the 1st prize at the SoftFIRE Challenge. The GSSI Computer Science group has contributed to this achievement through the work of Ahmed Abdelsalam.

The team won the the Interworking stream 40,000 € first prize of this Challenge, which addresses issues related to interoperability of the current platform with other infrastructures. In particular, Ahmed's work on IPv6 Segment Routing (SRv6) and his recently developed SRv6 aware version of the network intrusion and detection system Snort featured in the award-winning proposal. Ahmed is a third-year student at the GSSI - Gran Sasso Science Institute in L'Aquila.

The work concerns the deployment of arbitrary overlay topologies over multiple testbeds and the Service Function Chaining using SRv6 (IPv6 Segment Routing): “TIE-SR: Testbeds IntErconnections with L2 overlays – SRv6 for SFC” (see slides: https://goo.gl/utvxzF).

The team was composed by Pier Luigi Ventre, Paolo Lungaroni, Francesco Lombardo, Claudio Pisa from the CNIT research unit of Roma Tor Vergata, Ahmed Abdelsalam (GSSI, Italy), Mohammad Mahdi Tajiki (Univ. of Tarbiat Modares, Iran/CNIT).

The SoftFIRE Consortium evaluated applications to its Challenge on NFV/SDN/5G technologies for original developments, experiments, trials and tests to be carried out on its virtualized and federated testbed infrastructure. The project is seeking groundbreaking proposals to move these technologies one step further and solve the many issues that still are present. The challenge is an incredible opportunity for practitioners and experts of the sector to showcase how their technological solutions can improve virtualization platforms, or to show how new compelling services and applications can be developed on top of an NFV/SDN middleware.

Some more information on the award and the slides of a presentation on the award-winning work may be found at this link