Converge

Project Overview


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The Converge project was conceived within the TSSG based on internal discussions and work in a number of pre-existing research projects in the areas of service/network management and accounting.  The TSSG were chosen by WIT to be part of WIT’s institutional proposal [1] for Strand III TSR funding, which was submitted to the Council of Directors in October 2000. This proposal was successful in receiving acceptance for funding of £250,000 (€317,435).

Project Achievements


The motivation for the Converge project was based on a growing acceptance that the future of telecommunications networks and the Internet is a common global communications infrastructure. Where telephony and Internet applications would previously have existed independently of each other, they will now co-exist and operate seamlessly on the same infrastructure. At the time of project conception there was significant evidence to suggest that this convergence was already happening; this has subsequently been shown to be the case. For example, witness the rapidly increasing use of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) for delivering voice services and the adoption by the standards bodies (e.g. the 3rd Generation Partnership Project, 3GPP) of the Internet Protocol (IP) for the core network for emerging third generation wireless networks.

It has been the goal of TSSG, and Converge, to become involved in conferences that will have some impact on the project, either by attending, organising or presenting papers. Since project commencement the following papers, authored or co-authored by Converge participants, have been published in peer-reviewed conference and workshop proceedings:

  • J. Ronan, S. Davy, J. Rossebø, “An analysis of IPsec deployment performance in high and low power devices”, in Proc. of the 17th Nordic Teletraffic Seminar, Norway, August 2004.
  • Chamil Kulatunga, Jesse Kielthy, Paul Malone, & Mícheál Ó Foghlú, “Implementation of a Simple Bandwidth Broker for DiffServ Networks”, in Proc. Interdomain Performance and Simulation 2004, Budapest, Hungary, 2004.
  • John Ronan, Stephen Davy, Paul Malone, & Mícheál Ó Foghlú, “Performance Implications of IPSec Deployment”, in Proc. Interdomain Performance and Simulation 2004, Budapest, Hungary, 2004.
  • Seán Hearne, Jimmy Mc.Gibney, & Ahmed Patel, “Addressing Fraud Detection and Management in Next-Generation Telecommunications Networks”, in Proc. SCI 2004, 2004.
  • J. Kielthy, R. Frisby, M. Ó Foghlú, “An evalutaion of QoS provisioning for a UBR application in a DiffServ Network,” in Proceedings of the 3rd Information Technology and Telecommunications Conference, IT&T 2003, Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland, October 22-23, 2003.
  • J. Kielthy, R. Frisby, M. Ó Foghlú, “An initial investigation into QoS provisioning in a DiffServ Network” in Proceedings of the 2nd IEE/IEEE Telecommunications Systems Research Symposium, ITSRS 2003, Dublin, Ireland, May 6, 2003.
  • J. McGibney, S. Hearne, “An Approach to Rules based Fraud Management in Emerging Converged Networks” in Proceedings of the 2nd IEE/IEEE Telecommunications Systems Research Symposium, ITSRS 2003, Dublin, Ireland, May 6, 2003.
  • C. Kulatunga, P. Malone, M. Ó Foghlú, “Adaptive Measurement-based QoS Management in DiffServ Networks for Variable Bit Rate Applications”, IPS03 Interdomain Performance and Simulation (Intermon Workshop), Saltsburg Austria, February 2003.
  • J. Ronan, P. Malone, M. Ó Foghlú, “Overhead Issues for Local Access Points in IPSec enabled VPNs”, IPS03 Interdomain Performance and Simulation (Intermon Workshop), Saltsburg Austria, February 2003.
  • J. Brazil, E. de Leastar, C. Ryan, M. Ó Foghlú, “Workbook Approach to Algorithm Design and Service Accounting in a Component-Orientated Environment”, IEEE Workshop on IP Operations and Management, Dallas, October 2002
  • M. Nolan, C. Kulatunga, M. Ó Foghlú, “Quality of Service & Security in IP-Based Telecommunications Services”, IT&T Conference, Waterford, October 2002.
  • C. Ryan, J. Brazil, E. de Leastar, J. Cloney, “A Rating Bureau Service for Next Generation IP Services”, IT&T Conference, Waterford, October 2002.
  • C. Ryan, W. Donnelly, E. de Leastar, J. Cloney, “Value-Based Billing in a 3G IP Services Environment”, 6th World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Orlando, Florida, July 2002.

 

Funding


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