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Modelling, Sensors and Devices

FLAIR: Flexible Access networks using Intelligent and Reconfigurable elements

A collaboration between Bangor University and BT

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The bandwidth need of end users increases by more than 50% each year.

 

 

 


Applications

Some experts are predicting subscriber demand for >1Gb/s network services by 2018. Such rates are challenging for existing copper-based access networks without shortening the copper loop to <50m or so. Furthermore, internet traffic tends to be highly dynamic nearer to the network edge because of unpredictable user behaviour. Such a dynamic traffic pattern requires new approaches to avoid network over-provisioning and inefficient utilisation of network resources. Passive optical networks (PONs) are widely deployed and provide a cost-effective and “future-proof” fibre infrastructure to enable end-users to enjoy >1Gb/s.

This project will contribute to a dynamic, application-aware, software-controlled, high throughput network framework capable of automatically and elastically extending required facilities depending upon actual application demand.

 


Objectives

The project will:

  • theoretically and experimentally explore innovative technical solutions capable of delivering DSP-enabled intelligence and software-controlled flexibility/reconfigurability, and
  • extensively investigate the feasibility of introducing advanced solutions into future high-speed Passive Optical Networks) for practical implementation in intelligent, elastic and reconfigurable optical access networks.

 

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Principal Investigator
Prof Jianming Tang

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PhD Student: Ms Yixian Dong

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The project will theoretically and experimentally explore innovative technical solutions capable of delivering DSP-enabled intelligence and software-controlled flexibility/reconfigurability.

Industry Collaborator
Mr Derek Nesset
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