10 November 2015

Softwarization to "stop the war of IoT stacks"

During the last ICT 2015, Lisbon, Portugal, the biggest EU event on ICT R&I in 2015, Internet of Things and the SDN/NFV paradigm announced their marriage during the networking session “Stop the war of IoT stacks for (big) data management and orchestration”.

The session was organized by Giovanni Schembra, a Professor at the University of Catania, with the support of the H2020 project INPUT, to discuss the matter of how the fragmentation characterizing the IoT landscape is creating one of the major barriers to the full deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT). This is leading to the need of a technical framework, possibly based on SDN/NFV, enabling IoT solution developers to build applications seamlessly exploiting services across heterogeneous IoT platforms, also able to distill value from generated Big Data, so opening new market opportunities.

The session was structured as a contest with four teams: network operators, device manufactures, system integrators, and academia. These teams have been represented by the following Captains:
  • Antonio Manzalini from Telecom Italia (Telco Operators team);
  • Wolfgang Dettmann from Infineon Technologies (Device Manifacturers team);
  • Konstantinos Kalaboukas from SingularLogic S.A. (Solution Integrators team);
  • Antonio Jara from University of Applied Sciences - Western Switzerland (Academia team);
  • The role of Barrister was played by Angelos-Christos Anadiotis, from CNIT.
More in details, Antonio Manzalini introduced the Telco Operator viewpoint with a presentation entitled “A Pervasive and HYper-distributed OS enabling X-as-a-Service”. The second presentation was done by Antonio Jara that has discussed on the exploitation roadmap of the IoT through industrial-driven standards. The viewpoint of Solution Integrators was carried out by Konstantinos Kalaboukas that presented a distributed enterprise service bus (ESB) as a solution to IoT cross-domain/platform interoperability issues. Finally, Wolfgang Dettmann together with Antonio Escobar, provided an exhaustive overview of the protocol stacks of the main technologies used to support IoT. After the Captains presentations, audience joined to the preferred teams to feed the final discussion.

Main conclusion has been that the systemic nature of “softwarization” - from the Things to the Cloud - will open new challenging scenarios, capable of redesigning current ICT value chains, and having far reach socio-economic impacts. Networking Session offered the opportunity to set-up a community to discuss on how overcoming current fragmentations thus paving the way towards Blue Oceans scenarios.

Thanks to the relevance of its topic, and the experience of the captains, the session received a lot of interest, demonstrated by the number of participants that attended the event (some people remained standing or sit on the ground), and the number of registrations to the mailing list organized to support the session.

More information on the event are available on the website http://www.input-project.eu/iotstacks.

Giovanni Schembra (University of Catania) schembra@dieei.unict.it