Abstract. In this paper, we analyze the main challenges and issues related with the orchestration of Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) on Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (SUAVs). Our analysis considers a reference scenario where a number of SUAVs are deployed over a delimited geographic
area and provide a mobile cloud environment that supports the deployment of functionalities using Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) technologies. The orchestration of services in this reference scenario presents different challenges, due to the constrained capacity and the limited lifetime of the batterypowered SUAVs, the intermittent availability of network communications, and the need to consider enhanced policies for the allocation of virtual functions to SUAVs. Finally, we perform
a first exploratory evaluation of the identified challenges and issues, using a well-known and widely-adopted virtualized infrastructure manager, i.e., OpenStack.
NFV orchestration on intermittently available SUAV platforms: challenges and hurdles. Luis Félix González Blázquez, Ivan Vidal, Francisco Valera, Victor Sanchez-Aguero, Borja Nogales and Diego R. Lopez. IEEE INFOCOM Workshop: MiSARN 2019: Mission-Oriented Wireless Sensor, UAV and Robot Networking. April 2019. link still to come