NFV orchestration on intermittently available SUAV platforms: challenges and hurdles

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In this paper, we analyze the main challenges and issues related with the orchestration of Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) on Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (SUAVs). Our analysis considers a reference scenario where a number of SUAVs are deployed over a delimited geographic area and provide a mobile cloud environment that supports the deployment of functionalities using Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) technologies. The orchestration of services in this reference scenario presents different challenges, due to the constrained capacity and limited lifetime of battery-powered SUAVs, the intermittent availability of network communications, and the need to consider enhanced policies for the allocation of virtual functions to SUAVs. Finally, we perform a first exploratory evaluation of the identified challenges and issues, using a well-known and widely adopted virtualized infrastructure manager, i.e., OpenStack.
Proceeding of: IEEE INFOCOM 2019 - IEEE Conference on Computer Communications Workshops (INFOCOM WKSHPS MiSARN 2019: Mission-Oriented Wireless Sensor, UAV and Robot Networking), 29 April-2 May 2019 Paris, France
NFV, Management and orchestration (MANO), SUAV, Intermittent availability
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IEEE INFOCOM 2019 Workshops - IEEE Conference on Computer Communications Workshops (INFOCOM WKSHPS), 29 April-2 May 2019 Paris, France, Pp. 301-306