Funding Organization: European Commission
Funding Programme: Horizon H2020
Funding Instrument: Innovation Action
Start Date:
Duration: 30 months
Total Budget: 6,128,531 EUR
ITI Budget: 376,000 EUR

Programmable edge-to-cloud virtualization fabric for the 5G Media industry (2017: H2020 IA)

The focus of 5G PPP H2020 remarkable research so far has been largely on the required advances in network architectures, technologies and infrastructures. Less attention has been put on the applications and services that will make use of and exploit advanced 5G network capabilities. 5G-MEDIA aims at innovating media-related applications by investigating how these applications and the underlying 5G network should be coupled and interwork to the benefit of both. In this respect, 5G-MEDIA addresses the objectives of 1) capitalizing and properly extending the valuable outcomes of the running 5G PPP projects to offer an agile programming, verification and orchestration platform for services, and 2) developing network functions and applications to be demonstrated in large-scale deployments, based on 3 well-defined use cases (in the areas of immersive media and VR, smart production and user-generated content, and UHD over CDN) of diverse requirements and particular interest for the consortium partners. Based on the adoption of the open innovation approach, 5G-MEDIA platform will be offered to third parties to develop, combine, verify, deploy and validate media applications by utilizing the SDK capabilities and Service Platform offerings.

Finally, 5G-MEDIA plans to create an ambitious business impact with the introduction of Streaming as a Service concept, built on top of a well-defined, consortium-wide exploitation plan and supported by the complementarity of expertise of its consortium, representing key industrial sectors in the network and media domains: telecom operators (OTE, TID), cloud providers (SILO), PaaS/SaaS vendors (IBM), service providers (ENG), application developers (NETAS), broadcasters (RTVE), SMEs (IINV, NXW, IRT, BIT) and research centers (UCL, UPM, CERTH). It is highlighted that the consortium includes partners with strong and active participation in 5G-PPP programme, complemented by new but important players on the media & entertainment industry sector.

  1. K. Konstantoudakis, D. Breitgand, A. Doumanoglou, N. Zioulis, A. Weit, K. Christaki, P. Drakoulis, E. Christakis, D. Zarpalas, P. Daras, "Serverless Streaming for Emerging Media: Towards 5G Network-driven Cost Optimization" , Multimedia Tools and Applications, 2021. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11042-020-10219-7
  2. R. F. Ustok, U. Acar, S. Keskin, D. Breitgand, A. Weit, P. Drakoulis, A. Doumanoglou, N. Zioulis, D. Zarpalas, P. Daras, F. Iadanza, "Service Development Kit for Media-Type Virtualized Network Services in 5G Networks" , IEEE Communications Magazine, 58(7), pp. 51-57, 2020. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/MCOM.001.1900613
  3. P. Athanasoulis, E. Christakis, K. Konstantoudakis, P. Drakoulis, S. Rizou, A. Weitz, A. Doumanoglou, N. Zioulis, D. Zarpalas, "Optimizing QoE and Cost in a 3D Immersive Media Platform: A Reinforcement Learning Approach" , In International Conference on Advances in Multimedia (MMEDIA), Lisbon, Portugal, February 23-27, 2020.
  4. F. Alvarez, D. Breitgand, D. Griffin, P. Adriani, S. Rizou, N. Zioulis, F. Moscatelli, J. Serrano, M. Keltsch, P. Trakadas, T. Khoa Phan, A. Weit, U. Acar, O. Prieto, F. Iadanza, G. Carrozzo, H. Koumaras, D. Zarpalas, D. Jimenez, "An Edge-to-Cloud Virtualized Multimedia Service Platform for 5G Networks" , IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting, Special issue on 5G for Broadband Multimedia Systems and Broadcasting, 65(2), 369-380, 2019. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/TBC.2019.2901400
  5. A. Doumanoglou, P. Drakoulis, N. Zioulis, D. Zarpalas, P. Daras, "Benchmarking Open-Source Static 3D Mesh Codecs for Immersive Media Interactive Live Streaming" . IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems, 9(1), 190-203, 2019. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/JETCAS.2019.2898768
  6. Konstantinos Konstantoudakis, Emmanouil Christakis, Petros Drakoulis, Alexandros Doumanoglou, Nikolaos Zioulis, Dimitrios Zarpalas, and Petros Daras, "Comparing CNNs and JPEG for Real-Time Multi-view Streaming in Tele-Immersive Scenarios" , The 14th International Conference on Signal Image Technology & Internet based Systems (SITIS 2018), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, 26-29 November 2018.
  7. A. Doumanoglou, N. Zioulis, E. Christakis, D. Zarpalas, P. Daras, "Subjective quality assessment of textured human full-body 3D-reconstructions" , International Conference on Quality of Multimedia Experience (QoMEX 2018), Sardinia, Italy, 29 May - 1 June 2018
  8. A. Doumanoglou, N. Zioulis, D. Griffin, J. Serrano, T. Khoa Phan, D. Jimenez, D. Zarpalas, F. Alvarez, M. Rio, P. Daras, "A System Architecture for Live Immersive 3D-Media Transcoding over 5G Networks" , Workshop on Media delivery innovations using flexible network models in 5G, IEEE International Symposium on Broadband Multimedia Systems and Broadcasting (BMSB18), Valencia, Spain, 6th – 8th June 2018
  9. A. Doumanoglou, D. Griffin, J. Serrano, N. Zioulis, T.K. Phan, D. Jimenez, D. Zarpalas, F. Alvarez, M. Rio, P. Daras, "Quality of Experience for 3D Immersive Media Streaming" , IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting (2018), Special Issue on Quality of Experience for Advanced Broadcast Service, 64(2), 379-391. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/TBC.2018.2823909
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