Machine Learning Modems: How ML will change how we specify and design next generation communication systems

IEEE CTN Issue: March 2018

So, I hear you all ask, are we all out of a job? Are communication engineers another victim of the rise of the machine? Well the answer in this article is thankfully no, not yet. But Nathan, Ben and Tim point us towards a fascinating new way to specify and design communication systems that may change forever the way we standardize, design and field optimize our products. Time to take that “basics of ML” online course you have been putting off for the last year! But first, read this article. Comments, and recommendations for good classes in ML, welcome as always in the comments section at the end of the article. Alan Gatherer EIC, CTN.

In Defense of Network Neutrality

IEEE CTN Issue: February 2018

After last month’s thought provoking network neutrality article we did, as predicted, have several responses. As a result Professor Scott Jordan has kindly offered an alternative view of the original 2015 order and some comments on the new order. Scott is well placed to respond as the FCC’s Chief Technologist during 2014-2016 and a contributor to the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order. Another great article on this topic in this editor’s opinion. As before, your comments remain most welcome.

Network Neutrality: A Concept for Yesterday’s Internet

IEEE CTN Issue: January 2018

As an editor I am often (correctly) accused of over-hyping the CTN topics in the email introduction; sometimes even by the authors of the articles, to which my reply is usually, “hey, this is social media people! It's all about the hype!”. Well, I don’t need to do it this time because my work has already been done on Network Neutrality—a juicy intersection of politics and engineering that inflames passions in Washington and may make or break some companies that you might just well be working for. OK, I just hyped it again...

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