Wireless big data: transforming heterogeneous networks to smart networks

Review Paper

Abstract

In HetNets (Heterogeneous Networks), each network is allocated with fixed spectrum resource and provides service to its assigned users using specific RAT (Radio Access Technology). Due to the high dynamics of load distribution among different networks, simply optimizing the performance of individual network can hardly meet the demands from the dramatically increasing access devices, the consequent upsurge of data traffic, and dynamic user QoE (Quality-of-Experience). The deployment of smart networks, which are supported by SRA (Smart Resource Allocation) among different networks and CUA (Cognitive User Access) among different users, is deemed a promising solution to these challenges. In this paper, we propose a frame-work to transform HetNets to smart networks by leveraging WBD (Wireless Big Data), CR (Cognitive Radio) and NFV (Network Function Virtualization) techniques. CR and NFV support resource slicing in spectrum, physical layers, and network layers, while WBD is used to design intelligent mechanisms for resource mapping and traffic prediction through powerful AI (Artificial Intelligence) methods. We analyze the characteristics of WBD and review possible AI methods to be utilized in smart networks. In particular, the potential of WBD is revealed through high level view on SRA, which intelligently maps radio and network resources to each network for meeting the dynamic traffic demand, as well as CUA, which allows mobile users to access the best available network with manageable cost, yet achieving target QoS (Quality-of-Service) or QoE.

Keywords

wireless big data cognitive radio network network function virtualization software defined network machine learning smart radio allocation cognitive user sccess 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Electronic Science and Technology of ChinaChengduChina

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