Controlling Drones from Software Defined Networks

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Dr. Sonkoly Balázs
Department of Telecommunications and Media Informatics

The evolution of network and cloud architectures is being driven by novel applications of the envisioned 5G architecture. The applications pose great challenges on the underlying infrastructure in terms of latency, reliability or capacity, just to mention a few. Controlling and coordinating indoor and outdoor drones and swarms of drones from Software Defined Networks is a potential application with significant importance. Today's technologies addressing network softwarization, such as Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Service Function Chaining (SFC) and Software Defined Networking (SDN), enable the creating and provisioning of such services in a novel way.

In this thesis the development of such a novel service is showcased. In designing the service the goal was the creation of a Industry 4.0 use-case including a local factory equipped with drones and cloud and network facilities. The envisioned service is realized by a Service Function Graph (SFG) consisting of Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) and logical connections between them with special requirements. In addition the envisioned service is integrated with a multi-domain resource orchestration system and as a result, it can be deployed and monitored from that framework. This network function showcases several aspects of future 5G systems and point out challenges which should be addressed.


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