6G Technology Market to Advance as Researchers Create Combination of SDN and NFV Network Architecture as a Template for Upcoming 6G Network

Posted On October 06, 2021     

Traditional networks can no longer meet the constantly rising demands of modern computing, including bandwidth-demanding services like cybersecurity and video analytics and cutting-edge computation. There has been a progressive change in network research toward SDN (Software-Defined Networks) and NFV (Network Function Virtualization) (Network Function Virtualization) in recent years. These are the two concepts that can overcome the hurdles associated with traditional networking. SDN refers to a network architecture that empowers the network to be controlled through software applications. On the other hand, NFV is an approach that moves functions such as encryption and firewalls servers. Both of the methods have great potential and can help enterprises accomplish tasks more efficiently and cost-effectively. Without question, the combination of two would be potent rather than using one of the methods alone.
 
A research team has recently proposed a combination of SDN and NFV network architecture to create additional computation functions within the already existing network functions. The framework suggested may significantly advance the 6G Technology Market as it can optimally and efficiently offer specific resources to those applications that need different storage, computing, and networking resources as per the available time and space to be utilized.
 
The new network design attempts to develop a comprehensive framework capable of fine-tuning processing resources that use diverse (heterogeneous) processors for different tasks and optimizing networking. The resulting unified framework would support dynamic service chaining. This would ensure a single network connection that needs to be used for most connected devices, such as intrusion protection, firewalls, and code offloading (a process that revolves around shifting of intensive computational tasks to a remote server that is resource-rich).
 
The researchers also developed a Dual-Resource Sending Rate Control and Multi-Path Routing (Dual-RMR) to minimize the system cost and maximize the quality of service. The algorithm created works towards preventing network congestion and helps improve security and performance. This is accomplished by regulating the flow of data within the network and using multiple paths of transmission as alternatives.
 
After this, the team tested the algorithm on numerous toy scenarios and single real-world, large-scale scenarios with which they judged its practical applicability. Their SDN/NFV-based infrastructure is impressive and can be considered for the upcoming 6G network. Once commercialization of 6G occurs, the resource management method of the network, and computing core, can be made applicable to holographic or AR/VR services.

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