The Smart and Secure Networks Lab (S2N) is a National Laboratory, located in Genoa, Italy, of CNIT (National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications). Its activities cover the areas of Future Internet and its applications, with particular emphasis on cybersecurity, 5G and beyond, network sustainability, cloud-native virtualization and edge computing. Specific research interests are in signal and networking optimization, network management and control, Software Defined Networking, Network Functions Virtualization, network slicing, satellite communications, security of virtualized infrastructures and cyber-physical systems.

The Laboratory staff includes 8 CNIT employees and 24 university and CNR research associates, who have been involved in a large number of national and EU-funded research projects.

S2N operates a highly flexible and large networking infrastructural testbed, able to control computing resources at bare-metal level, autonomously instantiate virtual infrastructure managers or software components in automated unattended fashion, and connect them to software-defined networking and radio devices and user equipment.

Current project

H2020 5G-GPP 5GINDUCE Innovation Action (Coordinator: Prof. Franco Davoli)

5G-INDUCE targets the development of an open, ETSI NFV compatible, 5G orchestration platform for the deployment of advanced 5G NetApps. The platform’s unique features provide the capability to the NetApp developers to define and modify the application requirements, while the underlay intelligent OSS can expose the network capabilities to the end users on the application level without revealing any infrastructure related information. This process enables an application-oriented network management and optimization approach that is in line with the operator’s role as manager of its own facilities, while it offers the development framework environment to any developer and service provider through which tailored made applications can be designed and deployed, for the benefit of vertical industries and without any indirect dependency through a cloud provider.

HORIZON 6GREEN Research and Innovation Action (Coordinator Prof. Roberto Bruschi).

The 6Green project aims to conceive, design, and realize an innovative service-based and holistic ecosystem, able to extend “the communication
infrastructure into a sustainable, interconnected, greener end-to-end intercompute system” and promote energy efficiency across the whole 5/6G
value-chain.The ultimate objective is to enable and to foster 5/6G networks and vertical applications reducing their carbon footprint by a factor of 10 or more.
To achieve this objective, the project will exploit and extend state-of-the-art cloud-native technologies and the B5G Service-Based Architecture
with new cross-domain enablers to:
1) boost the global ecosystem flexibility, scalability and sustainability, and
2) enable all the 5/6G stakeholders (from the ones acting at the infrastructure and network platform to vertical industries) reducing their carbon
footprint by becoming integral parts of a win-win green-economy business, and meeting a Decarbonization Service Agreement.
The 6Green intent-based cross-domain interactions among stakeholders will allow achieving a tight proportionality between the time-varying and
geographically distributed mobile workload produced by vertical applications and network slices, and the energy/carbon footprint induced to the
5/6G network and computing infrastructure continuum.
6Green will provide stakeholders with flexible and green Artificial Intelligence mechanisms that will allow propagating the environment impact to
any players acting on virtual domains, and triggering zero-touch operations according to customizable energy- and carbon-aware policies, allowing
to optimally use renewable energy sources.
The project will also deliver three future-proof use-case applications that will provide a diverse awareness of the green capabilities of the 6Green
platform, and that will demonstrate the potential 5/6G impact in enabling other vertical industry sectors to reach the carbon neutrality targeted by
the European Green Deal.

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