This technical challenge will be led by Prof. Stephen McLaughlin and will provide major innovations to enable the convergence of optical and wireless networks and their multitude of transport technologies.
This will be achieved through the design of:
- Novel programmable interfacing solutions offering agility, reconfiguration and programmability at the interface between candidate wireless and optical technologies; network and IT devices; access and transport. The aim is to allocate resources elastically in time, spectrum and space, in order to accommodate a large range of traffic profiles and granularities in an efficient way. This will evolve through solutions based on novel notions of repurpose-able hardware that can compose on-demand flexible networking functions.
- Comprehensive resource representation models to describe the attributes of the underlying heterogeneous devices applying semantic methods. To support this function, relevant technology drivers (TOUCAN technology agents) will be developed as vertical interfaces between the resource representation model and the upper layers, responsible for bidirectional information exchanges that expose resource information (attributes, properties, functionalities, statistics) to the upper layers (northbound) and configure the devices (southbound).