What is PACE?

PACE is an FP7 project (Call 11) focusing on research, development and standards in the broad area of Path Computation Element (PCE)- based architectures. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 619712.

PACE provides an open source portal with PCE open source software and documentation repository, as well as sustained collaborative action within a concentrated community of industrial leaders, developers, and academics.

PACE is an open forum for ideas exchange about current and future uses of PCE aimed to bring out radical new proposals and to consolidate existing research.

PACE is committed to innovation and is created to shape, secure and sustain the standardization leadership beyond the era of software defined networking.

What are the PACE application areas?

 We promote the idea of PCE as a widely applicable tool in the areas of:

  • Core packet Internet
  • Mobile backhaul networks
  • Content Distribution Networks (CDN)
  • Next generation optical transport networks
  • Sensor networks, wireless mesh and Internet of Things (IoT)

The following specific challenges and standardization areas are of interest:

  • Open Networking Foundation (ONF) - Design control systems and well-defined interfaces with external (non-ONF) functions, representing a not-to-be-missed opportunity for the third-party network control and management systems, such as PCE.
  • Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) - ETSI initiative leveraging virtualization concepts, with the growing role of PCE-like concepts.
  • Application-based Network Operations (ABNO) - An architecture proposed, developed and led within the IETF by leading members of our consortium – uses a variety of PCE-based tools and techniques.

Project Partners and Key Personnel

Partners Key personnel
Technische Universitaet Braunschweig, Germany
(Project Coordinator)
Telefónica I+D, Spain
Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya, Spain
Nextworks s.r.l. (NXW), Italy
Old Dog Consulting, UK
Adrian Farrell 
Daniel King 
Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
Scuola Sant'Anna, Italy
Orange, France
Olivier Dugeon
Julien Meuric 


External Advisory Board

PACE's External Advisory Board comprises of the following members:

  • Lars Eggert is Chair of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF). He is affiliated with NetApp, where he works as Technical Director for Networking in Office of the CTO.
  • Chip Elliott is Chief Engineer at Raytheon BBN Technologies, Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College, and principal investigator for the NSF's GENI project.
  • Andy Reid is Chief Network Services Architect at BT. Andy is currently investigating the future architectures for SDN and NFV with particular attention to the role of components, such as PCE.
  • George N. Rouskas is the Director of Graduate Programs and a Professor of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. He maintains an active and well-funded research program in the field of computer networking and serves the research community in various roles.
  • JP Vasseur is a Cisco Fellow. He is one of the co-inventors of PCE and still chairs the PCE working group in the IETF. He is credited with driving PCE to commercialization within Cisco, and is now examining the applicability of PCE to low power and lossy networks.

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