First OpenAirInterface North America Workshop

The OpenAirInterface Software Alliance (OSA) is pleased to announce its first workshop on the North American continent in association with its Strategic Partners, Nokia Bell-Labs who is hosting this event at their prestigious Murray Hill premises, and the NSF PAWR Program who are supporting through local organization and outreach.

The workshop is also supported by grants from Facebook Inc. and Red Hat Inc. We would like to express our gratitude to both for their invaluable support.

Keynote Speakers

Theodore(Tod) Sizer is Vice President of Smart Optical Fabric and Device Research in Nokia Bell Labs, the research arm of Nokia, leading international teams innovating in all aspects of Optical Network and Device solutions for core, submarine, and data center communications. Prior to his current role, Tod lead Wireless Research in Nokia Bell Labs for 10 years until 2017 driving the vision and research of 5G and support for the 4th Industrial revolution which is upon us. As such, he is now able to bring the expectations to meet the needs of an Always Connected world with expectations of Infinite Capacity — and thereby connecting the people, machines, industries, and campuses through the new dynamic deterministic IP and Optical networks that are required. Tod graduated from Amherst College, and received his Masters and Doctorate in Optics from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester.
During his tenure at Bell Labs he has performed research in Wired and Wireless Home Networking, Fixed Wireless Loop systems, Video Watermarking technologies, Optical Computing and Switching Systems, and High Power Laser Design. He was a member of Lucent’s technical team in the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the governing body that controls the official specifications of the wireless technology, and served as chair of SIG’s Coexistence Working Group. Recently he had significant impact as a key proponent and inventor of the lightRadio™ product line and small cell technology and systems leading to Alcatel-Lucent’s product line solution to address the 5G Wireless Data explosion.
In 2007, Dr. Sizer was named a Bell Labs Fellow “For sustained creative contributions to wireless systems, particularly in the convergence of packet and wireless technologies”. Sizer is also a Fellow of the World Wireless Research Forum, recipient of the 2011 Popular Mechanics “Breakthrough Award”. He was named an IEEE Fellow in 2015 for “Leadership in Wireless Communications Technology”. He is the author of 54 US patents, over 50 refereed publications and is a member of the IEEE and The Optical Society (OSA).

Larry Peterson is the CTO of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) and the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus at Princeton University.
He is a co-author of the best selling networking textbook “Computer Networks: A Systems Approach,” and has been the technical lead on several Internet-scale distributed systems, including the widely used PlanetLab and MeasurementLab platforms, and the CoBlitz CDN (now commercially licensed by Akamai). He is currently working on the CORD access edge cloud, and leads CORD’s Tech Steering Team.
Peterson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE, the 2010 recipient of the IEEE Kobayashi Computer and Communication Award, and the 2013 recipient of the ACM SIGCOMM Award. He received his Ph.D. degree from Purdue University in 1985.

Lyle Bertz serves as a Director of Technology Innovation & Architecture at Sprint where he is responsible for long-term Core Network and Service System (wireline, enterprise, IOT, LTE & 5G) technology strategy and architecture as well as support of related standards and global ecosystem activities.
Mr. Bertz has over 20 years of experience with Sprint leading network and service research and development, orchestration and execution of key technology proofs of concept/demonstrations, vendor and open source solutions development.  He has lead development efforts on open source mobile cores and is currently a member of ONF OMEC (Open Mobile Evolved Core).
His portfolio includes over 100 awarded US patents and is a co-author, editor and contributor to multiple IETF RFCs and drafts.

Azhar Sayeed is a Chief Technologist, at Red Hat. His role is to work with Telcos worldwide to define new architectures and develop deployment models and strategies for Cloud and Virtualization.
Azhar is active in open source communities such as OpenDaylight and OPNFV. Most recently Azhar drove a Virtualized Central Office Architecture as an OPNFV community project demonstrating how Central Offices can be virtualized to drive new cost effective way to deliver Residential, Business and Mobile services.
Azhar has more than 25 years of experience in the Networking, Telecommunications and Software industry. Prior to Red Hat Azhar, is a 17 year veteran of Cisco Systems where he ran many teams and projects from Software Product Management to Engineering development and Solutions delivery teams. He has 9 Patents and is author of a book – “MPLS and Next-Generation Networks: Foundations for NGN and Enterprise Virtualization”

Amar Padmanabhan is a lead developer on the magma project at Facebook.
Prior to Facebook Amar led the controller implementation at Nicira which was subsequently acquired by VMware and has been involved in software networking for over a decade.
Amar holds a masters from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and an undergraduate degree from IIT Kharagpur, India.


Workshop Program

PDF of talks are available hereunder.

June 25, 2019: Hands-On Training of OpenAirInterface Software and Deployment Environment

The workshop started with a full day of training on the OpenAirInterface Software, Testing Tools and Continuous Integration environments. A hands on session was part of training day: Deploying OAI software (UE, 4G, 5G and Core Network) on PAWR Platform resources; POWDER-RENEW allowed experimenters to deploy their own experiments for use after the workshop. Click here for setup instructions.

Training Program

Time Slot Training Team Affiliation Title
MORNING SESSION
09:00AM – 10:30AM Florian Kaltenberger
Hongzhi Wang
EURECOM
TCL CORPORATION
The Basics of OpenAirInterface
10:30AM – 11:00AM COFFEE BREAK
11:00AM – 12:30PM Raymond Knopp EURECOM / OSA OpenAirInterface L1  & L2 Procedures
12:30PM – 01:30PM LUNCH BREAK
AFTERNOON SESSION
01:30PM – 03:00PM Lionel Gauthier
Olivier Choisy
Frédéric Leroy
EURECOM
B-COM
The OpenAirInterface 4G Core Network
The OpenAirInterface 5G Core Network
03:00PM – 03:30PM COFFEE BREAK
03:30PM – 04:30PM Raphaël Defosseux OPENAIRINTERFACE SOFTWARE ALLIANCE The OAI Continuous Integration Framework
04:30PM – 06:30PM Florian Kaltenberger
Hongzhi Wang
Kobus Van der Merwe
Kirk Webb
EURECOM
TCL CORPORATION
POWDER-RENEW
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
OAI Hands-On Training: OAI-Enabled Research and Development on the POWDER Platforms (instructions here)

 

June 26-27, 2019: Talks and Demos on Latest Results and New Use-Cases with OpenAirInterface

The next two days of the workshop included keynotes, panels and technical topics. The two workshop days was also an opportunity for teams working with OAI to show their results and meet other community members with similar interests. We also had thorough discussions on software licenses and the OAI Public License V1.1 in particular during the course of a panel.

June 26, 2019: Workshop – Day 1

Time Slot Speaker Affiliation Title
OPENING SESSION  – Chair: RAYMOND KNOPP
09:00AM Raymond Knopp EURECOM / OSA Welcome to the 1st OpenAirInterface North America Workshop
09:00AM – 09:45AM Tod Sizer NOKIA BELL LABS Keynote: The End to End Future Network for 5G – Vision and Expanded Role for OpenAirInterface
09:45AM – 10:30AM Larry Peterson OPEN NETWORKING FOUNDATION Keynote: Democratizing the Network Edge
10:30AM – 11:00AM COFFEE BREAK
11:00AM – 12:00PM Barry Freedman
Jimmy Ahlberg
Douglas Knisely
Matthew Osborne
Raymond Knopp
Moderator: Irfan Ghauri
NOKIA
ERICSSON
QUALCOMM
INTERDIGITAL CORP.
EURECOM
OSA
PANEL DISCUSSION: How do the OAI Public License V1.1 and other open source licenses influence use of such software in industry’s use-cases
12:00PM – 01:00PM LUNCH BREAK
SESSION 1: USES OF OPENAIRINTERFACE IN DEPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRIAL USES – Chair: ALOIZIO DA SILVA
01:00PM – 01:20PM Kurtis Heimerl UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON CoLTE: Productizing OAI for Rural and Remote Internet Access
01:20PM – 01:50PM Yuko Akiyama FUJITSU Implementation and Evaluation for the Commercial Use of OAI
01:50PM – 02:10PM Martin O’Shield WINDYCITYSDR How ‘OpenCells All-in-One OpenAirInterface 5G’ Creates Low Bandwidth Mobile Phone Data Networks
02:10PM – 02:30PM Hongzhi Wang TCL CORPORATION 5G UE Prototyping based on OpenAirInterface
02:30PM – 02:50PM François Taburet NOKIA BELL LABS Getting Measurements from OAI eNodeB/gNodeB
02:50PM – 03:10PM Subharthi Banerjee UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN Reliable, Cost-effective and Interoperable 5G/LTE Communications for High Speed Passenger Trains in the US
03:10PM – 03:30PM COFFEE BREAK
SESSION 2: USE OF OPENAIRINTERFACE IN RESEARCH AND PROTOTYPING – Chair: FLORIAN KALTENBERGER
03:30PM – 03:50PM Hongwei Zhang IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY Predictable URLLC: Algorithms and Prototyping
03:50PM – 04:10PM Raymond Knopp EURECOM A Description of EURECOM’s 5G Outdoor and Data-Center Environments
04:10PM – 04:30PM Sudhir Pattar INTERDIGITAL CORP. OAI LTE support in EMANE
04:30PM – 04:50PM Jacobus Van der Merwe UNIVERSITY OF UTAH RAN Research with OAI and the POWDER Platform
04:50PM – 05:10PM Lus Felipe Ariza Vesga UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE COLOMBIA Real-time Emulation Methodologies for Centralized Radio Access Networks
05:10PM – 07:00PM APPETIZERS AND COCKTAIL

June 27, 2019: Workshop – Day 2

Time Slot Speaker Affiliation Title
DAY-2 OPENING SESSION – Chair: IRFAN GHAURI
09:00AM – 09:30AM Amar Padmanabhan FACEBOOK INC. Keynote: A Systems Approach to Access Networks
09:30AM – 10:00AM Lyle Bertz SPRINT Keynote: 4G / 5G Open Source Cores – Current State and the Future
10:00AM – 10:30AM Azhar Sayeed RED HAT INC. Keynote: Journey to Cloud Native for 5G
10:30AM – 11:00AM COFFEE BREAK
11:00AM – 12:00PM Pasi Vaananen
Abhimanyu Gosain
Lyle Bertz
Prabhakar Chitrapu
Amar Padmanabhan
Moderator: Florian Kaltenberger
RED HAT
PAWR PROJECT OFFICE
SPRINT
THE SMALL CELL FORUM
FACEBOOK
OSA / EURECOM
PANEL DISCUSSION: 5G Communities and Their Role in the Phase Changes in Telecom Industry

Panel 2 slides are available in four parts from
Pasi Vaananen, Lyle Bertz, Prabhakar Chitrapu,
Amar Padmanabhan

12:00PM – 01:10PM LUNCH BREAK
SESSION 3: RECENT CONTRIBUTIONS AND NEW USE-CASES OF OPENAIRINTERFACE – Chair: FRANCOIS TABURET
01:10PM – 01:30PM Neel Pandeya NATIONAL INSTRUMENTS USRP Product Update
01:30PM – 01:50PM Patrick Robert SYRTEM 5G OTA Video DL TX Towards Two UEs at 3.5 & 26 GHz using Modular gNB and UE SDR Platforms Running OAI SW
01:50PM – 02:10PM Dan Steinbach INTERDIGITAL CORP. Software Implementation of an NR LDPC on a GPU to Replace an FPGA Implementation
02:10PM – 02:30PM Terng-Yin Hsu NATIONAL CHIAO TUNG UNIVERISTY Demonstration of Soft PHY Enhancement – GPU Offload and Distributed Computation
02:30PM – 02:50PM Panagiotis Matzakos EURECOM / VENCORE Device to Device Contributions to OAI
02:50PM – 03:10PM Yacine El Mghazli NOKIA BELL LABS Continuous Integration Contributions from Nokia Bell-Labs France
03:10PM – 03:30PM COFFEE BREAK
SESSION 4: OPENAIRINTERFACE CORE NETWORK, EXTERNAL INTERFACES AND APPLICATIONS – Chair: ALOIZIO DA SILVA
03:30PM – 03:50PM Tao Han UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA CHARLOTTE Learning-Assisted Network Slicing for Diverse Applications in 5G
03:50PM – 04:10PM Olivier Choisy B-COM 5G-Core cloud-Ready Deployment based on Micro-Services Architecture
04:10PM – 04:30PM Salvatore D’Oro NORTH EASTERN UNIVERSITY Testing a Unified Cellular Network Management Framework on OpenAirInterface (.pdf not made available upon speaker’s request)

Demos

Demos were run concurrently with the coffee break and the 26th of June cocktail from 5pm to 7pm.

Presenter Affiliation Title
Lisa Lam INTERDIGITAL CORP. 28GHz NR Beam Steering Demo
Chi-Leung Lau PERSPECTALABS LTE-Sidelink for Coverage Extension and ProSe Services
Rahman Doost-Mohammady RICE UNIVERSITY Experimentation with POWDER-RENEW Non-realtime Massive-MIMO Framework
Kirk Webb UNIVERSITY OF UTAH Mobile and Wireless Research with OAI and the POWDER Platform
Terng-Yin Hsu and students NATIONAL CHIAO TUNG UNIVERISTY Demonstration of Soft PHY Enhancement – GPU Offload and Distributed Computation

Location

The workshop was held in the Hamming Hall Auditorium & Oak Room at


Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ, USA, 600 Mountain Avenue
Murray Hill, NJ 07974-0636
United States

For more information on the location, please click here.


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