IOWN Global Forum System and Technology Outlook Report
Open All-Photonic Network (APN) and Data-Centric Infrastructure (DCI) Work Items
The purpose of this report is to explain IOWN Global Forum’s full-stack engineering approach with a list of work items, which should close the technology gaps between the key requirements of the target use cases* and today‘s technologies.
* The target use cases are shown in the use case interim reports here.
Open All-Photonic Network Functional Architecture
The Open APN defines the architecture of network infrastructure that creates direct optical communication paths among communication endpoints and enables end-to-end communication with deterministic performance.
Data-Centric Infrastructure Functional Architecture
The DCI is designed to enable service providers with the tools needed to build and flexibly place data pipelines, including data processing and storage functions, while dynamically selecting data transfer and network protocols on a pipe-by-pipe basis.
Data Hub Functional Architecture
The architecture of high-speed distributed data management infrastructure that supports APIs that are functionally compatible with those of well-adopted services, such as Apache Kafka/Pulsar, AWS S3 and SQL.
Fiber Sensing for Open APN
The IOWN Global Forum Open APN Fiber Sensing Task Force (OAF) studies the system architectures and the use cases for applying the fiber sensing function to the IOWN Open APN. With the addition of the sensing function, the fiber optic network becomes more intelligent, with better operation efficiency and resiliency. The sensing function also brings new value streams to the network infrastructure.
Technical Outlook for Mobile Networks Using IOWN Technology
Emerging mobile technologies such as massive MIMO, dynamic spectrum sharing and mmWave wide spectrum deliver high data rates to enable video-centric, latency-sensitive applications such as remote surgery, AR/VR and industrial automation. To render these use cases possible, the reference document addresses new requirements and proposes solutions and evolution paths for the transport networks handling capacity, reliability and availability supporting next generation wireless networks utilizing the IOWN technologies.
Reference Implementation Model (RIM) for the Area Management Security Use Case
This document describes an IOWN Global Forum end-to-end system that will meet the requirements of a target use case. The reference design also aims to demonstrate many of the benefits of the IOWN Global Forum architecture and technology over today’s cloud-based implementations.