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5G and dynamic research ecosystems
5G and dynamic research ecosystems
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5G and dynamic

research ecosystems

Takeaways

  • The rollout of Canada’s 5G network will present unique challenges in managing the complexities of ever-evolving intelligence systems.
  • Dynamic new 5G-era intelligence systems must be carefully planned, designed and operated to ensure they meet the demands of an interconnected world.
  • A new research ecosystem cofounded by Ciena will explore solutions to these challenges through the development of a Self-Optimizing Fabric (SOF).
  • Studying how SOF can be applied to create a seamless continuum between intelligence systems will be key to creating an optimal 5G user experience

In October 2019, Kaniz Madhi, the Vice-President of Advanced Architectures at Ciena, announced the launch of a new international academic-industry research ecosystem geared towards developing solutions to the unique challenges of Canada’s burgeoning 5G network and the omni-connected world. 

The joint initiative — cofounded by Ciena, Mitacs, ÉTS, University of Ottawa, the Platform Lab at Stanford University, Humanitas and TRIA Network Systems — is part of ENCQOR’s (Evolution of Networked Services through a Corridor in Quebec and Ontario for Research and Innovation) 5G partnership.

As 5G technology continues to evolve, intelligence systems need to be dynamic [and] able to react and respond to their ever-changing, omni-connected environment.

A 5G connected world is essentially an ecosystem of interconnected intelligence systems. Managing the complexity of such interconnected systems with dynamically evolving arrangement of intelligent components becomes the key challenge. An optimal state is maintained by enabling an intelligence system to “sense” the current condition, “discern” its meaning in the broader context, “infer” the current/potential deviation from the desired outcome, “decide” an optimal course of action to best achieve desired outcomes, and finally, “act” on these decisions on an ongoing basis. This pattern forms the genesis of a Self-Optimizing Fabric (SOF).

As 5G technology continues to evolve, intelligence systems will need to be dynamic: able to react and respond to their ever-changing, omni-connected environment. The international research ecosystem will explore how SOF can be applied, and continuously optimized, to meet this demand

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Kaniz Madhi

Vice-President of Advanced Architectures at Ciena

Ciena is a networking systems, services, and software company. Headquartered in the United States, it has 65 offices around the world including three research & development centres in Canada: Montréal, Québec City and Ottawa. It is a member of ENCQOR, a public-private sector collaboration between the Governments of Canada, Quebec and Ontario, and five leading technology companies: Ciena, Ericsson, Thales, IBM Canada, and CGI.

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