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Dynamic provisioning of connectivity in high density 5G wireless scenarios

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Competitive project
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136.125,00 €
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5G, Artificial intelligence, HetNets, Heuristic optimization, Inteligencia artificial, MANO Platforms, NFV, Optimización Heurística, Plataformas MANO, Radio resources, Recursos radio, SDN
The ADVICE project (Dynamic provisioning of connectivity in high density 5G wireless scenarios) is proposed within the framework of the
Digital Economy and Society Challenge / Future Internet / Mobile Networks and Systems of the Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y
Técnica y de Innovación 2013-2016. In particular it aims to tackle some of the challenges that are likely to appear in the future wireless
communications, which are usually referred to as 5G.
Despite the great advances that have been seen on the maximum capacity offered by the new physical layer technologies, it is already
clear that this will not be enough to face the continuously growing traffic demand that is expected. Hence, novel topologies are being
proposed, where traditional cellular network deployments, based on homogeneous macro-cells, will be gradually incorporating much
smaller access elements, both from other technologies (WiFi routers), as well as LTE pico- and femto-cells. The use of relaying techniques
and even the opportunistic participation of the end-users to facilitate the communications Device-to-Device (D2D) are also being foreseen.
As a consequence, the cellular network concept that has so far been considered will not be the prevalent one in the future communication
scenarios and several challenges will need to be dealt with so as to optimize its performance. Besides, stricter requirements in terms of the
quality of service perceived by the end-users and energy consumption shall be as well satisfied.
In parallel to the previously mentioned advances, we are also witnessing an ever-growing interest from the scientific community, operators
and vendors, in the application of virtualization and programmability techniques over cellular networks. In this sense, the use of Software
Defined Networking (SDN) paradigm and Network Virtualization Functions (NFV) over such communication architectures is already being investigated.
ADVICE is precisely proposed in the combination of the two aspects, since we start from the assumption that both instruments, namely
radio resource management and SDN/NFV are indeed required to ensure the efficiency and scalability degrees that need to be ensured to
support the scenarios of the so-called 5G networks. Although this strategy is broadly accepted, it is also true that the challenges that need
to be faced are far from being solved. The appropriate combination of SDN/NFV paradigms, together with radio resource management
mechanisms for heterogeneous networks, exploiting the advantages of such holistic approach, are the distinctive features that make
ADVICE a singular and novel research project. Furthermore, we will also analyze the potential deployment strategies of some of the
mechanisms that will be proposed during the project over management and resource orchestration platforms that are being currently used
by mobile operators. In this sense, the results of the research project will be also linked to the particular needs of the stakeholders pushing
such platforms, thus broadening their impact.
The ADVICE project will be carried out by research groups of University of Cantabria, which will take the coordinator role, and Universitat
Politècnica de Catalunya; it is planned to be executed in three years.
Adm. Estat
Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2013-2016
Call year
Funcding program
Programa Estatal de I+D+i Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad
Funding call
Retos de Investigación: Proyectos de I+D+i
Grant institution
Gobierno De España. Ministerio De Economía Y Competitividad, Mineco


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