University of Bristol

Function: Partner

Person responsible: Prof. Dimitra Simeonidou


University of Bristol is one of the UK’s leading research universities. UNIVBRIS has engaged in EU funded research for more than 20 years and has developed a dedicated support infrastructure, and experienced staff for participating in EU projects. High Performance Networks group (HPN), led by Professor Simeonidou, specializes in the application of advanced hardware and software network technologies for future transport and Data Centre networks. The group includes 4 academics (Prof. D. Simeonidou, Prof. R. Nejabati, Dr. G. Kanellos and Dr. S. Yan), 23 research staff including three research fellows (Drs. E. Hugues-Salas, Aloizio Pereira da Silva and A Tzanakaki) and post-doctoral researchers, 8 PhD students and one lab technician.

HPN specialises in the application of advanced hardware and software network technologies for future transport and Data Centre networks. HPN is an international leader and highly influential in the fields of optical networks, future internet research and experimentation, data centre and cloud computing, programable networks, software and hardware defined networking and more recently, 5G networks, smart city Infrastructures and AI assisted networking. Over the years the group has made significant breakthroughs in technology areas such as network slicing, software defined networking, QKD networking, Network Function Virtualization (NFV) orchestration, programable networks and virtualization for 5G and Smart City Infrastructures.

HPN has a strong experimental focus and has built an extremely well-equipped research laboratory. In addition, the HPN owns an experimental 5G urban test-bed including wireless, fronthaul, optical backhaul and packet core deployed in city centre of Bristol. This is one the of three 5G test-beds in UK funded by £16 million UK DCM program for building test networks to trial 5G technologies test-bed. As part of this program HPN led development and commissioning of the 5G UK Exchange, a novel 5G service brokering system enabling end-to-end 5G network service orchestration, and provisioning across multiple autonomous 5G network domains. Part of this work is publicly available as an opensource contributions to the ETSI based NFV orchestrators.

The HPN lab is also part of UK National Dark Fibre Facility (NDFF) and has dedicated connectivity to the national and international research network infrastructure through which has built close collaborations with leading research institutions in Europe, USA, Brazil and Japan. Furthermore, the HPN group coordinating the UK project INITIATE (The UK Programmable Fixed and Mobile Internet Infrastructure”. With INITIATE, a unique infrastructure interconnecting testbed in different UK universities will be established with the UK’s first SDN exchange.

Role within 5G-VICTORI​

Within the project, UNIVBRIS will provide technical coordination and will participate to the WP2 activities and the definition of the 5G End-to-end reference architecture for vertical services and the associated KPIs, the 5G UK demonstration site facility planning and the associated experimentation plan, as well as on the work on the interfaces, subsystem, system and site integration in the common platform. UNIVBRIS will also This proposal version was submitted by Jesus GUTIERREZ TERAN on 14/11/2018 15:51:47 Brussels Local Time. Issued by the Participant Portal Submission Service.
contribute to the Infrastructure Operating System: Common Control, Slicing/Orchestration related work. UNIVBRIS will be involved in WP 3 and all the different use cases providing apart from the test-bed facility also technical contributions and will support the overall use case assessment. The University will have a leading role in task 4.4 on the Technology Integration, Validation and field trial over the 5G UK Bristol platform provided by the University as a test-bed in the project and will contribute to task 4.5 addressing Cross site integration, trials of co-existing services, validation and KPI evaluation. Finally, UNIVBRIS will actively participate to the WP5 tasks focusing on standardisation, dissemination and communication activities as well as the business plan, impact and exploitation strategy related work. Special emphasis will be put towards the interaction within the 5G-PPP framework and liaison activities through also its technical management responsivities the participation to the 5G PPP Technical Board and various 5G PPP Working Groups as appropriate.


Contribution of University of Bristol in the project leverages on its experience and expertise in the following areas:

  • 5G network convergence and orchestration
  • Network infrastructure virtualization and slicing
  • Network function virilization and orchestration
  • Software Defined Networking
  • Machine learning assisted network control and management
  • Data center network
  • Programable and disaggregated optical network
  • Smarty city
  • Large scale and real life extermination and field trials
  • Quantum secured networking
  • Low latency and high performance edge computing
  • High-speed and low latency programmable hardware and network interfaces
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