Wireless at the Fringe – Of Human Intranets, Brain-Machine Interfaces and Enhanced Humans

IEEE CTN Issue: September 2016

After their article a couple of months ago, I asked the good folks at BWRC to expand on the work they are doing in implantable electronics, as well as its potential health implications. BWRC’s approach focuses not only on functionality but on battery-free, extreme miniaturization and wireless access for very specific quantification of the host health. They also point us toward a future where such devices might link up and literally talk about you behind (as well as under and inside) your back. Hope you enjoy, and comments as always are welcome.

Strengthening the backbone for 5G and beyond

IEEE CTN Issue: August 2016

This month we take a look at the optical transmission that without which all of the fancy wireless systems would not be able to access the internet. The bandwidth pressure on the optical backbone will be at least as intense as it is on the wireless access. But never fear, the engineers in this area are also making strides. So this month we hear from Kevin and Yu Rong at British Telecom on their recent successful trial of a 3Tb/s super channel, as well as some of their thoughts on the future for optical networking. As always, your comments are welcome.

Revisiting Cloud RAN from a Computer Architecture Point of View

IEEE CTN Issue: July 2016

This month we have asked Prof. Trevor Mudge's team to give us an update on some of the work they are doing in cloudRAN L1 architecture. Trevor's team has a best in class reputation for computer architecture generally and comes at this problem from that view point. In particular Qi's thesis [1] is well worth a read. We hope you enjoy their summary below. Comments always welcome.