Successful conclusion to the PRISTINE project

The TSSG is proud to announce the successful conclusion to the PRISTINE project. The European Commission fully endorsed the review findings for the project and concluded that this successful project reached all of its stated aims and objectives.

PRISTINE was funded by the EC to carry out systems research and build on the Recursive Inter Networking Architecture (RINA). RINA is an emerging clean-slate programmable networking approach, centring on Inter-Process Communication (IPC) paradigm, which supports high scalability, multi-homing, built-in security, seamless access to real-time information and operation in dynamic environments.

PRISTINE has developed practical, demonstrable, and commercially exploitable solutions to address existing 5- layer networking limitations. PRISTINE results highlight the relevance of RINA as a virtualisation (including network slicing) architecture that can best support the distributed computing infrastructure of existing Internet platforms, which are currently being augmented with Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) and Software Defined Networks (SDN). Furthermore, PRISTINE hints at potential applicability to emerging network architecture and applications, including: 5G, Mobile Edge Computing, Internet of Things, and Internet of Everything.

Micheal Crotty, Applied Researcher in the PAS Research Unit of the TSSG has been active in the day-to-day developments of the PRISTINE project. He explains it further, “the TSSG was involved in design and integration of the RINA DIF Management System (DMS) which follows a manager-agent model in its network management. This allows flexibility in the management interactions between managers, agents, and inter-agent (agent to sub-agent)”.

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Micheal was part of the team that carried out an extensive review of the current state-of-the-art (SoTA) in the area of network management systems. The SoTA covers the languages used to capture management information, and includes work by the International Standards Organisation (ISO) and International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in its X.7xx series, Tele-Management Forum’s (TM-Forum) – Information Framework (called SID) and Internet Engineering Task Force’s (IETF) data modelling language – YANG. The IETF’s earlier work on Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), and corresponding data model Structure Management Information (SMI) are excluded as they are somewhat superseded by the NETCONF protocol and YANG data model work.

Micheal adds “The DMS Manager built in PRISTINE is based on the best practices for modular software design and presents a layered design that allows for a solid  RIB design, where configuration management, performance management and security management are all addressed in technological flexible way.

The TSSG were leaders (of D5.3) and main contributors to a number of important deliverables from the project (D5.1, D5.2 and D5.4) along with project partners I2CAT, Telefonica, L.M. ERICSSON, Nextworks, Thales, BISDN, ATOS, and CREATE-NET.