Beyond 5G Reliable Virtualization Infrastructure (Overview)

In the Beyond 5G Reliable Virtualization Infrastructure, we provide:
1. A high-speed, high-reliability Next-generation Virtualized ICT Service Environment using software-based network functions and virtualization technology (distributed in ten sites in Japan as of October 2022), enabling a flexible resource allocation.
2. An Optical Transport WhiteBox Environment that promotes the advancement of optical transmission technology through the disaggregation of optical transmission devices and the separation/openness of the hardware/software.

Service Offerings

(1) Next-generation Virtualized ICT Service Environment

(a) Next-generation high reliability NFV, software router

This system realizes high reliability in failure events through base migration, in addition to prevention of failure caused by performance degradation.
A verification environment using a group of combined functions will be deployed in 10 sites across the country (as of October 2022).
We provide a private cloud service environment using the following functions, realized by high-speed and flexible network technology.

Virtual machine services (VMs) connected by high-speed network communications
  • Pre-installed Ubuntu VM (the site providing the server is not selectable)
  • Selectable pre-set VM performance
  • Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) enabling high-speed communication
Highly reliable verification environment composed of multiple VMs, using Next-generation highly reliable NFV platform
  • The disaster recovery function capable to migrate the entire environment in case of failure event (executed on user request).
Software router environment
  • Simple virtual L3 router capable to handle 200 million short packets per second.
  • Supports routing protocols such as IPv4/IPv6 and BGP/OSPF
  • Supports DPDK and virtualization technology for fast and flexible configuration

(b) Virtual measuring instrument and bandwidth control function

Upon request, we can provide a highly reliable verification environment that can be seamlessly deployed both in virtual and physical environments, able to perform load tests or traffic screening/visualization using measuring instruments.

* Some of the functions to be provided are under development, so please consult us for specific usage.

Virtual measuring instrument
  • Possible to generate and analyze traffics up to 200 Gbps, using virtual measuring instrument VMs installed with a virtual TAP in the user-specified section.
Bandwidth control function
  • Bandwidth control functions to user-specified network segments
  • Bandwidth can be selected from 52 Gbps, up to 10 Gbps, up to 1 Gbps, up to 1 Mbps

Precaution for use

The usage schedule may need to be adjusted depending on the usage status of other users. Please contact us for information.

(2) Optical Transport WhiteBox Environment

To promote the advancement of optical transmission technology through device disaggregation and the separation/openness of hardware/software, we provide our testbed composed of WhiteBox optical transmission devices and broadband optical transmission paths.

Three optical Whitebox transmission devices
  • Both line-side and client-side devices can be connected to user owned equipment
Optical module for client-side connection
  • Two 100-G QSFP-LR (QSFP-28) transceivers per chassis
Optical module for line-side connection
  • Two CFP2-DCO transceivers per chassis
  • Multi-Vendor NOS / Transceiver Support (CFP2-DCO, QSFP28)
High bandwidth optical transmission lines at 200 Gbps or more on the line side in specific sections
Equipment specifications
Line Interface CFP2 4 ports
Client Interface QSFP28 16 ports
Management interface Management port 3 ports (1x RJ-45、2x SFP)
Console port 1 port
USB Port 1 port
Size (W × D × H) mm 437.5 × 430 × 43.5
Operating Temperature 0 - 45 ℃
Power consumption less than 420W
Power Source Power Configuration 1 + 1
Power Supply Voltage 110V/220V AC Input
Fan configuration Three fans per power supply
Client-side 100G Min Max Units
Transmit Level Transmit OMA per Lane -1.3 4.5 dBm
Average Launch Power per Lane -4.3 4.5 dBm
Receive Level Average Receive Power per Lane -10.6 4.5 dBm
Receiver Sensitivity(OMA) per Lane -8.6 dBm
Line Side 400G Min Max Units
Transmit level Tx output power range -5 0 dBm
Receive level Input power range at 400G -12 1 dBm
at 200G -16 1 dBm

Precaution for use

The usage schedule may need to be adjusted depending on the usage status of other users. Please contact us for information.

Procedures for use

For further information about Beyond 5G Reliable Virtualization Infrastructure, please contatct us at the following address.

Contact for consultation and inquiries

ICT Testbed Research and Development Promotion Center
NICT’s Integrated Testbed Secretariat
Email: tb-info[at]
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