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A global ecosystem for cloud-native network functions for 6G networks

While innovative paradigms have already been adopted in the cloud computing environment such as the serverless computing and function as a service, the world of telecommunications is still lagging behind.

It is therefore critical to ensure that the virtual network functions that will make up 6G are truly cloud-native and exploit the full potential of virtualization and softwarización.

6G-CLARION will study this ecosystem by finding new solutions for (i) Cloud-native VNF for 6G, especially in access (where the potential of the new software paradigm is largely unexplored), that are standards-compliant (ii) Novel orchestration solutions, based on Machine Learning, that can handle the increased complexity of softwarized network architectures, (iii) Provide implementations for such solutions.

Project manager

Albert Banchs

University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M)

Dr. Albert Banchs received his BS degree in Telecommunication Engineering from UPC BarcelonaTech, Spain, in 1997, and his PhD degree from the same university in 2002. He was a visiting researcher at ICSI, Berkeley, CA, in 1997, worked for Telefonica R&D, Spain, in 1998, and for the Network Laboratories of NEC Europe Ltd., Germany, from 1998 to 2003. Since 2003, he has been working at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Since 2009, he also has a dual affiliation as deputy director of the research institute IMDEA Networks (he was acting director from 2009 to 2012). He was an academic guest at ETHZ in 2012, a visiting professor at EPFL in 2013, 2015 and 2018, and a Fulbright scholar at the University of Texas at Austin in 2019.

Dr. Banchs has authored over 100 conference and journal papers, including publications in major conferences such as IEEE INFOCOM, ACM MOBICOM, ACM CoNEXT, ACM IMC, WWW, and IEEE ICNP, and in leading journals such as IEEE/ACM ToN, IEEE JSAC, IEEE TMC, IEEE TWC, and IEEE TVT (see his Google Scholar profile). Prof. Banchs is editor of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, and has served as editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2014-2019), Green Networking and Communication Series of IEEE JSAC (2015-2016), Computer Communications (2010-2014) and IEEE Communications Letters (2005-2012). He has served on many TPCs (including IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE GLOBECOM, IEEE ICC, IEEE WoWMoM, IEEE PIMRC, IEEE WCNC, IEEE VTC, ITC and ACM WiNTECH) and organizational committees (general chair of IEEE Online GreenComm 2013 and ACM WiNTECH 2013, general vice chair of EWSN 2018 and TPC co-chair of IEEE WoWMoM 2012, European Wireless 2010 and IEEE HotMESH 2010).

Prof. Albert Banchs has been a key contributor to many EU projects. He was the coordinator of two projects (FP7 ICT CARMEN and FP7 ICT iJOIN), the technical manager of the H2020 project 5G-MoNArch and is currently the Deputy Technical Director of the H2020 project. 5G-TOURS. Dr. Banchs has also been the principal investigator of several industry contracts with major manufacturers, network operators and SMEs. He is the inventor of 7 granted patents and has authored a number of standardization proposals in the IETF and IEEE. Some of the algorithms he has devised have been incorporated into commercial products. He is a senior member of the IEEE and was an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in 2016-2017.



This project will investigate new network functions that comprehensively integrate the cloud nativeness concept from its design, especially for the RAN.


This project will study orchestration mechanisms that, taking advantage of machine learning, will address the complexity of softwarized networks.


This project will implement new network functions that are standards-compliant and feature their latest developments, as well as integration with other domains such as SDN and fog computing.


It will bring cloud-native networking solutions to major network architecture frameworks.