Software-defined networks and the virtualization of network functions, two of the most revolutionary technologies in the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector, along with cloud computing, are at the heart of a new scientific research project that aims to achieve high performance and dynamic traffic processing in 5G networks.

IMDEA Networks, a Madrid-based research institute, and TELCARIA, an SME in the ICT innovation sector, are launching an innovative project that seeks to harness the enormous transformative potential of the network architecture currently enabled by the virtualization of network functions (NFV - Network Functions Virtualization) to the potential of networks defined by software (SDN - Software Defined Networking).

Both technologies have matured greatly in the last decade and are set to play a leading role in future 5G networks.

"5G networks are nothing less than a complete redesign of current communications technology, providing us with a fusion of the network with computer systems", states Arturo Azcorra, director of IMDEA Networks.

If they are to be able to meet the demands of 5G, the networks of the future face great challenges such as the exponential growth in the flow of data flow and the number of connected devices and terminals, as well as the need to drastically reduce latency and operating costs, whilst delivering high reliability and security.

"The development of new dynamic mechanisms will allow the processing to be implemented wherever and whenever it is needed, in a scalable way and also independent of the different types of underlying hardware, which will also be almost always heterogeneous, since it can consist of commercial or proprietary products.

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