Platform for Mobile Networks Would Bring Services Up to Speeds of 100 Gbps

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Even though mobile internet link speeds might soon achieve 100 Gbps, this doesn’t necessarily mean network carriers will be free of data-handling challenges that effectively slow down mobile data services, for everything from individual device users to billions of Internet-of-Things connections.

Researchers at Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology and RISE SICS research institute and Belgium’s University of Liege have unveiled a platform for mobile network virtualization that enables network services to operate as fast as the underlying commodity hardware’s wireline speed.

KTH’s Dejan Kostic says this breakthrough can realize “ultra-high throughput with low predictable latency, and high resource efficiency,” with the potential to help networks meet performance expectations amid growing demand for mobile network services.

The platform, called Metron, can execute early traffic classification and assign tags to data packets, after which the hardware can transmit traffic to the appropriate central-processing unit core of a commodity server based on the tag. The researchers believe Metron could help networks meet performance expectations even as demand for services such as high definition video, social media, and cloud-based applications continues to grow.

“We also exploit our earlier work (called Synthesized Network Functions), to realize a highly optimized traffic classifier by synthesizing its internal operations, while eliminating processing redundancy,” Kostic notes. Trials on a 100 Gbps Ethernet network yielded services with significantly reduced latency, higher throughput, and better efficiency than currently available. Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-05-platform-mobile-networks-gbps.html#jCp

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