Grid and Cloud Computing: Opportunities for Integration with the Next Generation Network

Thomas Rings, Geoff Caryer, Julian Gallop, Jens Grabowski, Tatiana Kovacikova, Stephan Schulz, Ian Stokes-Rees

Abstract

Carrier-grade networks of the future are currently being standardized and designed under the umbrella name of Next Generation Network (NGN). The goal of NGN is to provide a more flexible network infrastructure that supports not just data and voice traffic routing, but also higher level services and interfaces for third-party enhancements. Within this paper, opportunities to integrate grid and cloud computing strategies and standards into NGN are considered. The importance of standardized interfaces and interoperability testing demanded by carrier-grade networks are discussed. Finally, a proposal how the testing methods developed at the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) can be applied to improve the quality of standards and implementations is presented.
Keywords: 
interoperability; Next Generation Network; NGN; grid; cloud; standards; testing; ETSI
Document Type: 
Journal Articles
Journal: 
Journal of Grid Computing: Special Issue on Grid Interoperability
Volume: 
7
Number: 
3
Pages: 
375-393
Month: 
8
Year: 
2009
Note: 
Springer Netherlands
File: 
2011 © Software Engineering For Distributed Systems Group

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