Autonomic Network Architecture
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Partner Description

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, at Zurich, Switzerland, forms a community of 18,000 people from 80 nations who study, do research or are employed there. About 360 professors in 15 departments teach mainly in the technical, mathematical and natural sciences areas and carry out research that is highly valued worldwide. ETH Zurich has the important task of maintaining and developing its top standing in the international competition among top universities. They fulfil this forward-looking task in service to the Swiss nation as a nationally grounded but internationally oriented institution of higher learning. Twenty-one Nobel Prize winners are connected with ETH Zurich.

ETH Zurich was founded in 1855 as the "Eidgenössisches Polytechnikum" (Federal Polytechnic Institute). At that time, as the "child" of the new federal government, it was the only national university of Switzerland. Today, ETH Zurich, EPF Lausanne and four research institutions have been linked together to form the national ETH domain.1) CSG is one of three research groups of the Computer Engineering and Networking Lab (TIK), which itself is the largest lab of the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (D-ITET).

In the ANA project, the Communication Systems Group (CSG) is responsible for global project coordination and is part of the technical management board. Specific interests are in transport layer issues, monitoring, and the core router architecture.


NEC is a leading global manufacturer and service provider of telecommunication, computer and electronic devices, and it began business in Europe in the early 1970s. The Network Laboratories in Heidelberg, Germany have been established in 1997, as NEC's second research facility in Europe. The Laboratories place special emphasis on software-oriented research and development for the next generation Internet. New communication architectures and protocols supporting multimedia and mobility over the next generation Internet, together with intelligent Internet services and network management solutions are the core of our work. The laboratories have quickly become a recognized partner in various collaborative research and development projects conducted jointly with European service providers, technology vendors and academic research groups. Less than 4 years after their inception, the labs are leading contributors to the European Union's Information Society Technology program (EU IST), as well as various national German R&D activities. Its researchers have shown their strong leadership competence in the context of several IST projects, such as Ambient Networks, Daidalos, MOME, MobiVAS and Mobilife. NEC Heidelberg staff also actively contributes to scientific conferences as well as standard organizations like IETF, 3GPP and IEEE. Due to the ever increasing complexity of today's and future network and communication systems and the growing cost that is involved in operating and managing those systems, the Heidelberg laboratories have already started to research into novel, automatic and adaptive network management and communication solutions. As a result of the strong interest in this area, the laboratories have further adopted the vision of autonomic network management and communications as one of its key areas of research.

NEC is the leading industrial partner in the ANA project. NEC provides two senior and one junior researcher to this project. Leading WP2, NEC has got a major influence on the general architecture of the autonomic network design. Novel network architectures are in the center of interest of NEC's future product lines. The researchers attributed to the project are very experienced in the field of network and system design and will contribute their knowledge but also their industrial networking to the project. Hence, NEC will also contribute to the dissemination and exploitation tasks during the project. Additional effort will be put in the testbed design and the exploration of the new Autonomic Network Architecture in WP4.


Telekom Austria is the driving force for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Austria. To secure and expand the leadership role in the long term, Telekom Austria is integrated into a wide network of national and international research institutions, in the field of economy, education and science. The main goals in participating these research projects, is to gain new possibilities in optimizing the existing broadband infrastructure and potentially further develop the current service- and solution offering, especially in the area of new multimedia services.

The foreground of any research and development activity is the build-up of a universal broadband infrastructure of the next generation, enabling the company to offer next generation media solutions, which are convergent services around Internet, TV and telephony.

Aware of the constraints of TCP/IP and the consequences that it will not be sufficient for delivering next generation media services in the familiar fixed network quality in the long run, Telekom Austria has joined the ANA consortium.

Autonomous network architecture could be the answer for a range of operation and maintenance challenges of the future. The role of Telekom Austria in ANA is to transfer hand on experience of operating and running a commercial broadband network and corresponding Internet, TV and telephony services. For any new architecture it is of particular interest to be able to support a wide range of existing applications, because the commercial factor will not allow any revolutionary approach but only a smooth integration and further development of new architectures. Testing the interaction of ANA software and existing applications running on TA networks would be the primary objective of TA in ANA.

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