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Collaborative Project: A Service Centric Architecture for Efficient Spectral Utilization in Wireless Networks

Project Goals:

This project aims to move away from the prevalent view of networks as a set of pipes of information, to a framework where networks are seen as a set of services. To this end we have developed resource allocation algorithms which maximize the service capacity of a network for various types of services.

The major goals are to improve spectral utilization in shared wireless networks through new architectural paradigms that can be described as “service-centric”, meaning that the objectives of network design are to be based on service definition and quality. This approach is innovative and different from traditional ones that consider networks just as bit-pushing machines irrespective of data rates needed by the services.

 

Faculty
PI: Behnaam Aazhang, Rice University
PI and the lead on service centric protocols for this project.

Co-PI: Anthony Ephremides, University of Maryland, College Park
Co-PI and lead on the age of information aspect of this project.

Graduate Students
Boqiang Fan, Rice University
Worked on scheduling protocol with mmWave physical layer, examining latency and fairness

Anthony Zhang
Studied aspects of the caching problem in relation to age.

Collaborators
Dr. Leon Huang, Huawei Inc.
Dr. Yi Wang, Huawei Inc.
Huawei collaboration was focused on mmWave technologies to make our work more relevant.

Linkoping University and NRL
Ongoing collaboration with Dr. Ephremides lab.

Former Participants
David Ramirez-Dominguez (Now Postdoc at NYU and Princeton University)
Worked on service centric protocols

Shuqiao (Nancy) Jia
Worked on modeling and analyzing upper and lower bounds on the throughput capacity of a multi-tier millimeter wave (mmWave) network

Products

Journals

  1. Q. He, D. Yuan and A. Ephremides, “Optimal Link Scheduling for Age Minimization in Wireless Systems,” in IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 64, no. 7, pp. 5381-5394, July 2018.
  2. D. Ramirez and B. Aazhang, “Optimal Wireless Service within Average Delay,” in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 17, no. 6, June 2018. (Early Access)
  3. B. Fan, D. Ramirez, L. Huang, Y. Wang, and B. Aazhang “A Cross-Tier Scheduling Scheme for Multi-Tier Millimeter Wave Wireless Networks”, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, May 2018.
  4. C. Kam, S. Kompella, G. D. Nguyen, J. E. Wieselthier and A. Ephremides, “On the Age of Information with Packet Deadlines,” in IEEE Transactions on Information Theory.
  5. D. Ramirez, L. Huang, Y.Wang, and B. Aazhang “On Opportunistic mmWave Networks with Blockage” in IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC) “Issue on Millimeter Wave Communications for Future Mobile Networks., vol. 35, no. 9, pp. 2137-2147, September 2017.
  6. D. Ramirez and B. Aazhang, (2017) “Service Centric Scheduling with Average Completion Time”
 Under Review with IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (in the second review cycle).
  7. D. Ramirez, L. Huang, Y. Wang, and B. Aazhang, “On Opportunistic mmWave Networks With Blockage.” IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications 35.9 (2017): 2137-2147.

Conference Papers

  1. C. Kam, S. Kompella and A. Ephremides (2018). “Towards the Definition of Effective Age“. 1st International Workshop on Age of Information, Honolulu, HI.
  2. C. Kam, S. Kompella, G. D. Nguyen, J. E. Wieselthier and A. Ephremides, Information freshness and popularity in mobile caching,” 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), Aachen, 2017, pp. 136-140.
  3. Q. He, D. Yuan and A. Ephremides, “On optimal link scheduling with deadlines for emptying a wireless network,” 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), Aachen, 2017, pp. 461-465.
  4. C. Kam, S. Kompella, G. D. Nguyen, J. E. Wieselthier and A. Ephremides, “Modeling the age of information in emulated ad hoc networks,” MILCOM 2017 – 2017 IEEE Military Communications Conference (MILCOM), Baltimore, MD, 2017, pp. 436-441.
  5. A. Kosta, N. Pappas, A. Ephremides and V. Angelakis,
    Age and Value of Information: Non-linear Age Case. IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), Aachen, 2017, pp. 326-330.
  6. D. Ramirez, L. Huang, Y. Wang, and B. Aazhang, “Optimal opportunistic transmissions over directional mm wave channels.” IEEE 27th Annual International Symposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC), IEEE, 2016.
  7. D. ramirez and B. Aazhang. “Service Centric Scheduling With Strict Deadlines” 2015 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), San Diego, CA. (Powerpoint Presentation)
  8. D. Ramirez and B. Aazhang. “Scheduling for Compute and Forward Networks”. Asilomar 2015, Pacific Grove CA

Posters

  1. B. Fan (2016), Blockage Robust Scheduling of Multi-tier mmWave Network, Poster at IEEE ITSOC North-American School of Information Theory (NASIT)
  2. D. Ramirez (2016) “Optimal Opportunistic Transmissions for mmWave Channels with Unreliable Recall”, IEEE ITSOC North-American School of Information Theory (NASIT)

Thesis/Dissertations

  1. B. Fan, “A Cross-Tier Scheduling Scheme for Multi-tier mmWave Wireless Networks”, Rice University, MS Thesis, 2017.
  2. D. Ramirez Dominguez, “Throughput Maximizing and Service Provisioning Strategies for Millimeter Wave Networks”, Rice University, PhD Dissertation, 2017.

Patents

  1. A resource allocation method for robust transmissions in a multi-tier millimeter-wave network.  UNITED STATES. Submitted to Rice University, 08/30/2016

 

This project supported by NSF-1527811