CONNECTed vehicles research in TSSG and WIT

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TSSG recently completed AMEND, an industry-targeted research project with Intel Research Lab, Leixlip under the auspices of the CONNECT Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications.

WIT and TSSG recently completed AMEND, an industry-targeted research project with Intel Research Lab, Leixlip under the auspices of the CONNECT Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications. The main contacts in Intel Labs were senior researchers John Kennedy and Dr Radhika Loomba, who studied for her PhD here in WIT/TSSG before taking up her position in Intel. The project was led in TSSG by Dr Brendan Jennings and Dr Bernard Butler, who jointly supervise the PhD students Ms Kanika Sharma and Mr Adnan Mahmood who were funded by AMEND.

AMEND’s objectives were to examine how, in software-defined infrastructures, (both networks and computing environments), resources (which include network bandwidth, computing and storage) can be managed so that services deliver their objectives.

The problems we addressed
The main challenges is that it is very difficult to manage both physical and virtualised resources together. This is because:
the mapping between the two types of resources needs to change dynamically in response to external conditions.
the architectural layers (physical infrastructure, virtual infrastructure, software) are deliberately isolated from each other, to simplify how they are designed and deployed, but managing them needs visibility across such boundaries.

Unfortunately, traditional resource management approaches are not agile enough to respond to such challenges. Therefore, we worked with Intel Labs to agree on a set of research scenarios where:
virtualised networks are prevalent, or are expected to be so in the near future, and
service quality needs to be assured and managed carefully
We identified Intelligent Transport Systems as a suitable domain for our study.

Summary
In a world where 1) more and more contextual data is being collected in smart cities and 2) driver assistance systems and even self-driving cars are being promoted by the automotive industry, the management of the computing and networking resources is essential for success.
If vehicles can be used for environmental sensing, offering reliable data about a (smart) city while not harming the experience of the vehicles’ drivers and passengers, this has great potential benefits for society. We still need to solve the management issues, to make such services feasible, but we have identified the research questions that will help us get there.
Also, there is a societal need for road travel to be as safe and environmentally friendly as possible, so driver assistance, vehicle platooning and automation show great promise in this regard. However, there are many practical problems (e.g., ensuring that safety messages arrive in a timely fashion) to solve before the benefits outweigh the risks.

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Published 19 February 2019


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