5th IFIP/IEEE International Workshop on Broadband Convergence Networks (BcN 2010)
Convergence is a key design aspect for next generation networks. The seamless integration of wireless and wired network architectures, point-to-point and broadcasting communications, data and multimedia-oriented services, mobile and cellular systems, sensor networks, fast fiber and long delay networks remains a challenging endeavor for network operation and management. The complete end-to-end picture becomes unclear to say the least.
As new technologies meet old ones, many need to be revisited to fit into this complex scenario. In this workshop, we will look at the latest advances in broadband access technologies including IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN, 802.16 Wireless MAN (WiBro, WiMax) and 3G/4G wireless cellular networks and their SIP based IMS platform, broadband access networks, such as xDSL, FTTH and Cable, and examine their use for emerging streaming, multicast, and broadcast applications such as IPTV.
Sharing research and development experiences towards next generation architecture design and management is very important. Architectural issues such as naming and addressing, routing and service scalability, late binding, cross layer design, mobility and heterogeneous support, service orchestration, among others are encouraged into the broadband context. These different visions on how carriers will deliver voice, data and video services - with less network complexity and efficient control - are crucial information for operators and carriers.
This 5th edition of the International Workshop on Broadband Convergence Networks (BcN) builds on the success of its previous editions, which could be successfully held in conjunction with the IEEE/IFIP NOMS and IM conferences since 2006. The main goal of the BcN workshop is to draw researchers with different backgrounds to share their experience and knowledge of the current status of standardization and technology development of BcN, to discuss challenges and present possible solutions and innovations for the challenges that broadband networking is facing today and more over tomorrow.