IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks
14–16 November 2022 // Chandler, AZ, USA

Cloud-native SDN control of packet-optical networks with ETSI TeraFlowSDN (Hands-on Tutorial)

Presenters: Ricard Vilalta (CTTC) and Lluís Gifre (CTTC)


This tutorial will present the novel protocols and data models that are arising to control and monitor packet-optical network equipment. This tutorial will offer an overview and hands-on experience on programming the necessary tools to control and monitor the network equipment, while introducing the novel ETSI TeraFlowSDN controller, which is an open-source cloud native SDN controller that enables smart connectivity services for future networks beyond 5G. This need bread of cloud-native SDN controllers will allow rapid prototyping and experimentation in research and standardization activities.


Ricard Vilalta (Girona, 1983) (h-index 32, i10-index 117) graduated in telecommunications engineering in 2007 and received a Ph.D. degree in telecommunications in 2013, both from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain. He has a master degree on Audiovisual Communication at UOC (Open University of Catalonia) and a master degree on Technology-based business innovation and administration at Barcelona University (UB). Ricard Vilalta joined CTTC in 2010, and he is a senior researcher and research line leader in the Packet Optical Networks and Services Research Unit. He is an active contributor in several standardization bodies such as ONF (OTCC), ETSI (NFV, ZSM), and IETF (CCAMP, TEAS). He is also a member of the technical steering team of Open Transport Configuration & Control in ONF. He is chairing ETSI TeraFlowSDN OSG Leadership Group (LG) and leading open-source contributions and features in ETSI OpenSource MANO (OSM) with special focus on 5G technologies.He has been involved in several international, EU, national and industrial research projects: INSPIRE-5Gplus, 5GCroCo, 5GTANGO, 5GCAR, BlueSPACE, 5G-Crosshaul, EU-Japan STRAUSS, ICT IDEALIST, ICT COMBO, ICT STRONGEST, ICT OFELIA, FP6 E-Cab. Moreover, he lead 5GTANGO impact activities (WP leader), INSPIRE-5Gplus experimental activities (WP leader), as well as participating in several 5GPPP WG. Currently, he is Project Coordinator of 5GPPP TeraFlow project.He has negotiated and lead many industrial projects related to standards collaborations, IPR generation and demonstrations at mayor events (including worldwide operators, telecom providers and optical SMEs, including Telefónica, Huawei, KDDI, Sedona Networks, ETSI and OSA). He has also authored and co-authored several book chapters, and more than 50 journals, 160 conference papers, +20 invited talks in most significant conferences (OFC, ECOC, OECC/PS, ONDM, ICTON), 4 US and 2 European patent.His research is focused on SDN/NFV, Network Virtualization, Network Orchestration, MEC and B5G/6G Networks.

Lluis Gifre Renom (Barcelona, 1984) received in 2016 a Ph.D. degree in Computers Architectures from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Spain. In 2017, he got a position as an Assistant Professor at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), and a position as a Research Engineer at Nokia Bell Labs (France) in 2019. In 2021, he joined the Packet-Optical Networks and Services (PONS) research unit, part of the Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC). He is the current TSC chair of the ETSI TeraFlowSDN OSG and an IEEE Senior Member. He participated in 9 EC/nationally-funded projects and 1 industrial collaboration. He is the lead inventor of 1 patent, and he has co-authored more than 60 publications in peer-reviewed and indexed journals and recognized international conferences. His research interests include cloud-based platforms in support of Software-Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), network slicing, and orchestration of 5G/6G infrastructures.