Project Overview

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VITAL++ defined and illustrated a new communication paradigm that will demonstrate how P2P content-based applications and services, highly heterogeneous in terms of user functions and distributed in the network, can be integrated with a Next Generation Telecommunications Network.

Project Implementation

Vital++ created a scalable and QoS-aware decentralised content distribution platform, which integrated with the IP Multimedia Subsystem control plane of Next Generation Networks. The platform should lead to more cost-effective scalability of multimedia streaming services to a diverse range of devices over the heterogeneous access technologies of NGN e.g. DSL, cable, WLAN, 3G etc.

The widespread adoption of the Internet technology in daily life as a major communication medium has led to the emergence of a plethora of e-applications. Assisted by the wider roll-out of broadband communications technologies, Internet and its use has elevated digital communications to higher levels and made audiovisual communications, such as content distribution, digital TV, video on demand affordable for everyone and mainstream among the Internet applications of today. Among them computer based applications like the TVtube, Skype and Music city, offer rich-content to users, in real time with acceptable quality, making use of sophisticated peer-to-peer (P2P) technology algorithms for content tracking, downloading, synthesis and playback.

These emerging types of applications, rich in user-created content, enabled by P2P technology, with high demands for network resources are rapidly changing the landscape of network operations and requirements creating new challenges in network and service management, configuration, deployment, protocols etc.

Project Achievements

A  paper was aubmitted to IEEE Communications Magazine
Non-refereed academic papers
A book chapter was accepted by River Publishing for a book on “Advances in Next Generation Networks” Standardisation

Vital++ input was incorporated into the ITU Working group on IPTV

Additionally, WIT has presented Vital++ scenarios to the ETSI Industry Specifications Group (ISG) for Autonomics in the Future Internet (AFI)

VITAL++ is funded by the FP7 Programme. The project ran from May of 2008 and ended in June 2011.




For more information contact Shane Dempsey  – email

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