In this presentation, we will provide an in-depth analysis of the current state
of IBM quantum technology, with a particular focus on its potential impact on
several industries, including healthcare, finance, and transportation. We will
provide a clear overview of the future of IBM Quantum technology and the
roadmap that will guide its development.
Moreover, we will thoroughly examine the potential implications of quantum
technology on cybersecurity, highlighting the possible vulnerabilities of current
encryption methods in the face of quantum computing-based attacks. We will
then delve into post-quantum cryptography and explore how it can be
leveraged to ensure the future security of sensitive data.
Alberto García Fernandez
IBM Quantum Community, Engineer Lead
Alberto Garcia Fernandez is an Engineer and Master in Telecommunications
from UPC. Currently, he is a member of the Quantum Technologies Council of
the Generalitat and the Engineering leader of Quantum Community IBM.
With over 15 years of experience in multinational companies, he has acquired
a specific background in HPC, which he has combined with a transition to
Quantum technology environments over the last 4 years.
6G services like metaverse use cases, holographic telepresence, HD live productions, and eXtended
Reality (XR) aim to deliver immersive experiences. These new services require guaranteed end-to-
end connectivity services associated with IT services. It is expected that such services will
therefore be deployed over and executed by computing systems ranging from central data centers to
distributed edges of the transport networks, namely the transport edges. The deployments will have
to be automatically planned per 6G service requirements including network capacity, end-to-end
connectivity latency, IT processing capabilities, availability, security, and ubiquity. Once deployed, the
execution of 6G services will have to rely on the scales of the data centers located at the transport
network; each datacenter being characterized by its capabilities in terms of computing, memory,
storage, and interconnect, as well as its connectivity services to steer the traffic generated from and
to the datacenters and the tenants. The control of IT resources hosted at datacenters becomes
crucial for 6G services, consequently IT resource control must be coordinated with the control of the
transport networks as part of cooperative communications/computation control platforms.
Our proposal is to consolidate the control of open and disaggregated transport networks and move
beyond transport edges by cooperating with the control of the IT-resources to design transport
slices. The coordinated control of transport network resources and IT-resources is further enabled by
disaggregating IT-servers at the edges.
Disaggregation of datacenters implies the evolution from the existing coarse server-centric model to
a new fine-grained IT-resource-centric model. The result of disaggregating datacenters is a new
architecture that is fully network-centric offering flexibility to select the available IT-units at the
edges needed for 6G services and to allocate them during their execution times.
The keynote exposes a new end-to-end service orchestration platform going beyond the current IP
connectivity services to design transport slices for 6G services. And it describes the need for multi-
domain Edge Service Orchestrator to enable cooperative IT and network resource control leveraging
on service-based scheduling and provisioning of IT-services-aware transport slices. The Edge Service
Orchestration relies on the corresponding model-driven network service interfaces to delegate the
provisioning of edge-aware transport connectivity services to the SDN controllers.
The remaining challenges to provision transport network slices on-demand for 6G services over
multi-domain transport networks will be indicated and conclude the keynote.
Dominique Verchere is Expert & Senior Researcher on « future transport network control and management» at “Network
Architecture Research lab” of Bell Labs Core Research part of NOKIA Bell Labs.
He has researched and applied breakthrough concepts on Software Defined Networking (SDN) controller for Flexi-Grid
Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) Networks and Digital Optical Transport Networks (OTN). He proved
advanced concepts on open disaggregated transport networks with IP & Optical Networks to deliver Cloud Services.
He pushed the containers network functions as microservices into Optical Network Control & Management Platforms.
He hold an Electrical Engineering Bachelor of Sciences degree on Physics Measures options, Master of Sciences degree
on Material Physics (Grenoble University), Master degree in Computer Science and PhD degree in Computer Science
(Paris VI University) on Telecom Systems modelling and performance evaluation.
Within NOKIA Bell Labs he has published on dynamic optical network control functions, IP router systems, scheduler
algorithms, optical switching systems, cloud networking and end-to-end service orchestration at International Conferences
and Journal papers, and he led more than 30 patents on IP & Optical Networking.
Keynote 2: 18 April, 15:00-16:00
Title: Security and Resilience in Containerized 5G Radio Access Networks
Author: Oscar Carrasco
Company: Casa-systems, Spain
Chair: Eva Rodriguez
5G Radio Access Networks are evolving to support a highly distributed placement of the protocol stack functions, addressing multiple service types and deployment models. This new architecture is practically implemented using the guidelines defined by the Open RAN Alliance and the operator community.
Disaggregation between hardware and software using open interfaces and virtualization, hosting RAN applications as cloud-native functions for fostering the supply chain diversity, flexibility, competition, and technology innovation are key drivers of this new paradigm and Linux Containers are becoming the de facto industry standard to build virtualized Radio Access Networks functions.
Kubernetes can also be considered as the natural choice for container orchestration, but there are several challenges for making Kubernetes production‑ready for carrier-grade RAN deployments, being critical how resilience and security is addressed when developing carrier-grade Open RAN solutions that shall enforce Zero Trust Security models and carrier-grade availability (>99.999%) and quality of experience of 5G network services.
Holds a B.S. and M.Sc. degrees in Telecom Engineering and in Economic Sciences and has been researcher at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. He is Professor of Wireless Networks at the Mobile Communications Master degree of the UPV, and contributes actively to different standardization bodies like 3GPP or the Small Cell Forum. Óscar has worked in several fields like channel coding and modulation, self-organizing networks, artificial intelligence, time sensitive networking, network management, virtualization and software development. He was the Technical Coordinator of the SPEED-5G 5G-PPP project and Innovation Architect in the 5G-ESSENCE 5G-PPP project. Since 2017, he works at Casa Systems as RAN Engineering director leading the SW development of Casa Systems RAN solutions.
Keynote 3: 19 April, 9:00-10:00
Title: Quantum Key Distribution Network Design – what makes it different to classical network
Author: Matthias Gunkel
Company: Deutsche Telekom, Germany
Chair: Dominic Schupke
Keynote 4: 19 April, 15:00-16:00
This talk gives an overview on the design of quantum key distribution networks. After presenting the general threat scenario of state-of-the-art public key exchange, the basic concept of QKD including physical constraints is briefly introduced. Then a layered carrier-grade QKD network architecture is sketched. The quantum-secured key-forwarding concept requires an adapted path calculation that relies on a new, buffer-aware metric based on key storage filling between neighbouring nodes. Finally, the German research project DemoQuanDT is introduced as a practical example of a carrier-grade QKD demo link connecting Berlin and Bonn.
Matthias Gunkel is a Senior Network Architect within Deutsche Telekom group in Darmstadt, Germany. After his PhD in telecommunications from Darmstadt Technical University, he joined Deutsche Telekom in 1999, where he was initially responsible for high-speed high-capacity optical transmission systems and architecture as well “IP plus Optical” multilayer network implementations. Since 2017 he is involved in various DT’s activities related to practical roll-out of a carrier-grade QKD platform. Further, he actively contributes to a support action on national QKD network deployments in European Union’s Member States.
Title: Interoperable, Efficient and Cognitive Data-driven Continuum Management Strategy
Author: Francesco D’Andria
Chair: Admela Jukan
Cloud-Edge-IoT (CEI) Continuum systems accommodate widely distributed computing applications involving multiple diverse resources connected to the Internet. Such a complex computing system requires an innovative management approach that should be able to seamlessly and intelligently handle highly heterogeneous physical and logical resources to facilitate dynamic, (semi-)automated, cost-effective (green) and adaptive resource management. On top of such resources, computational tasks should be managed through appropriate orchestration strategies, including appropriate elastic balancing of different tasks within the continuum, to optimise resource utilisation and guarantee QoS and privacy, while ensuring resilience and end-to-end security. In addition, a novel approach to CEI management systems should embed the openness of the computing continuum, thus contributing to the emergence of industrial open edge ecosystems, where it is crucial to establish European leadership.
Francesco D'Andria is Head of the Edge Technology and Immersive Media Research Unit at Eviden BDS R&D Group. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Salerno, Italy. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in scientific areas including multi-cloud management, edge, fog, IoT and energy-efficient and cognitive service topology optimization across the cloud-edge-IoT continuum, as well as media, augmented reality and gamification technologies. He has extensive experience in large-scale software R&D projects and is currently coordinating the ICOS (Towards a functional continuum operating system) project. He previously coordinated the H2020 ProsocialLearn project "Gamification of Prosocial Learning for Increased Youth Inclusion and Academic Achievement", FP7 SeaClouds and Cloud4SoA projects on seamless adaptive multi-cloud management of service-based applications.
IOSEC & SCENE Workshops Keynote: April 20, 11:40 - 12:20
Title: RATs and InfoStealers: Mission Spain and Catalonia
Author:Jose Luis Sánchez Martínez
Company: BlackBerry Cylance
2023 is being a year where Spain and Catalonia have become a major target
for many cybercriminal actors to carry out operations to distribute RATs and
InfoStealers against national organizations. In many cases, these accounts are
subsequently sold on darkweb markets. We will look at some recent
campaigns that have been carried out and are in full execution to detect how
the threat actors operate.
Jose Luis Sánchez Martínez
Senior Threat Researcher at BlackBerry Cylance. Member of the Ad-hoc Working Group on Cyber Threat Landscape at ENISA.