IoT, Robotics and Blockchain: Towards the Rise of a Human Independent Ecosystem

IEEE CTN Issue: October 2018

This month’s article reminded me of the 1972 Sci-Fi movie “Silent Running” where the last flora from Earth is cared for on a spaceship orbiting Earth by a bunch of cooperating robots. The point of the movie was that humans weren’t really needed to do all of the watering and clipping. In this month’s article Muhammad and Adnan examine the challenges of such systems and discuss the opportunity of Blockchain to pull all of the robotics and wireless connectivity together into a community of cooperating machines that do not need our help. Hopefully it will all end better than the movie plot did…

ORAN or Also Ran? A New Generation of RAN Interoperability Begins to Gel

IEEE CTN Issue: September 2018

When you read this article you will note that I stole the excellent “Also RAN” quip from the author, Joe Madden who, following on the heels of a big ORAN meeting in August, provides us with an insightful view of the ORAN interoperability effort, comparing it to the OBSAI/CPRI efforts in the 3G era and pointing out some new technical challenges brought about by 5G. As we learned from OBSAI and CPRI these kind of efforts come with tremendous promise of change but also with tremendous obstacles to implementation, both technical and political. Your comments, rebuffs and cheers are welcome as always in the comment section at the bottom of the article.

Coding for Distributed Computation on the Edge: Enabling Robust and Resilient Edge Computing in a Service Oriented Network

IEEE CTN Issue: August 2018

Edge compute is seen as an important part of future high bandwidth 5G networks, but it comes with the challenges of distributed compute over a network with variable availability of bandwidth and compute capacity due to the service orientated nature of modern wireless networks. This month Songze and Salman present distributed coding of computation as a technology to combat these issues, outlining two new strategies to balance compute and network bandwidth requirements to optimize the Edge compute QoS. Fascinating stuff. Your comments as always are very welcome.

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