hosting a workshop NGN and Grids in
collaboration with the Open Grid Forum (OGF) in Geneva,
23-24 October 2006.
Grid computing enables organizations to pool IT resources across departmental
and organizational boundaries in a secure, highly efficient manner in order to
solve massive computational problems.
Next generation networks (NGN) offer increased quality and service features for
users, independent of the underlying transport technology. ITU-T’s Global
Standards Initiative on Next Generation Network (NGN-GSI) is well under way
and is responding to urgent market needs for global NGN standards.
The workshop will explore how Grids will work in an NGN environment by bringing
together experts from both communities.
The telco community is eyeing Grid development with interest. Telcos could use
grids internally, for billing and simulations for example but new revenue
streams can be foreseen in areas such as managed grid services.
One panel discussion and Q&A will pose the question: “What can Grids do for
Telcos and what can Telcos do for Grids?” Other panel discussions will examine
NGN management and security.
From a telecoms perspective there are some challenges such as QoS, how to
control the network, how to manage dynamic provisioning and how to provide collision-free
addresses (IPv4 <-> NAT). It is expected that all of these topics and
more will be addressed.
A key result of the event will be a gap analysis of standards in the field and
a better understanding of how grids can be catered for in ITU-T’s NGN Release
2. An action plan outlining what work needs to be done, and where can then be