6G Programmable Deterministic Webinar Series: #1 Architectural enhancements for 6G programmable and deterministic networks

We are pleased to announce the 6G Programmable Deterministic Webinar Series, a collaborative initiative between PREDICT-6G, DESIRE6G and DETERMINISTIC6G. This quarterly series aims to delve into the intricate and transformative aspects of these sister projects, featuring expert speakers that will explore the latest developments and innovations shaping the future of 6G technology. Each session will provide in-depth information and foster key discussions for practitioners and researchers dedicated to the next generation of wireless communications.

The first webinar will take place on Friday 14 June at 10:00 CET. Under the title ‘Architectural enhancements for 6G programmable and deterministic networks’, it will feature Peter Szilagyi from Nokia, Chrysa Papagianni from the University of Amsterdam, Joachim Sachs from Ericsson and Gourav Prateek Sharma from KTH, followed by a panel discussion on the topic.

Agenda

  • 10-10:10. Intro by Carlos J. Bernardos (UC3M)
  • 10:10-10:50. Peter Szilagyi (Nokia): “Multi-domain deterministic service management architecture”
  • 10:50-11:30. Chrysa Papagianni (University of Amsterdam): "Towards extreme network KPIs with deep programmability in 6G”
  • 11:30-12:10. Joachim Sachs (Ericsson) and Gourav Prateek Sharma (KTH): "5G latency analysis and possible improvements"
  • 12:10-12:40. Panel: "Architectural enhancements for 6G programmable and deterministic networks"
  • 12:40-12:45. Closure

Register here: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/WS1June2024

Link to webinar: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87094846948

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PREDICT-6G will be at the ICC 2024

In 2024, the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) will take place on the 9 -13 of June in Denver, United States. PREDICT-6G will attend for the second consecutive year to the conference, which topic in 2024 is “Scaling the Peaks of Global Communications”. 

Professor Carla F. Chiasserini (POLITO, CNR-IEITT and CNIT) will present the paper “Generosity Pays Off: A Game-Theoretic Study of Cooperation in Decentralized Learning” as part of the Edge Learning over 5G Mobile Networks and Beyond (EDGE5GMN) Workshop. In this paper, Prof. Chiasserini and her co-authors propose GENIAL, a game-theoretic approach to promote cooperation among user nodes for training or fine-tuning ML models.

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PREDICT-6G will be at the WCNC 2024

The IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC) will take place on the 21-24 of April 2024 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. PREDICT-6G will attend the conference, which theme in 2024 is “Wireless Communications for Growing Opportunities”. Its contributions will mostly focus on 6G architecture. 

Dr. Sebastian Robitzsch (InterDigital) will present his paper “Formation and Assertion of Data Unit Groups in 3GPP Networks with TSN and PDU Set Support” in 6GARCH: the 3rd Workshop on 6G Architecture. Moreover, PostDoc David Rico Menendez (UC3M) will present the paper “6G Architecture for Enabling Predictable, Reliable and Deterministic Networks: the PREDICT6G Case” in the workshop 6GArch1: 6G Architecture roadmap.

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PREDICT-6G on Standards Requirements

PREDICT-6G is one of the projects invited to participate in the IAFA#4.2 Interim Steps: 6G Standardisation Requirements that will take place on the 9 of April 2024. This is the second of a three-event series on pre-standardisation organised by SNS OPS, as part of its Impact Assessment and Facilitation Actions (IAFAs) initiative, in collaboration with ETSI and HSBooster.eu. 

Carlos J. Bernardos (UC3M) will speak about the efforts of PREDICT-6G in standardisation, including how the project is internally organised to address standards-related issues and how it manages the cooperation with various SDOs. Carlos will also provide insights on PREDICT-6G achievements in the field thus far. 

This second event delves into emerging 6G standardisation requirements and work items in the attempt to harmonise efforts between R&D projects and SDOs, with specific input on European SDOs. Emphasising the importance of collaborative efforts in research and development for 6G, this workshop aims to foster discussions on how ongoing research projects can contribute to the creation of standards.

You can register for the event here

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PREDICT-6G will be at the EuCNC 2024

The 2024 EuCNC & 6G Summit will take place from the 3rd to the 6th of June in Antwerp, Belgium. Combining two successful telecoms conferences: ECNC (European Conference on Networks and Communications), supported by the European Commission, and the 6G Summit, originating from Finland's 6G Flagship programme, the event is now one of the largest in the sector. 

It brings together cutting-edge research and world-renowned industries and companies, globally attracting over 900 delegates from more than 40 countries around the world in recent years. PREDICT-6G returns for the second consecutive year, to repeat the successes of the 2023 edition and establish itself as one of the leading projects in 6G.

PREDICT-6G will be present in three workshops, both in the organisational part and in the presentations slots:

“Architectural Considerations Enabling the IMT 2030 Framework by European 6G R&D Activities”. This workshop, proposed by PREDICT-6G consortium members InterDigital Europe Ltd, Nokia and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, together with NEC Laboratories Europe, Eurescom and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, will present the 6G SNS projects architectural design innovations, challenges and opportunities, combined with early findings and potential impacts towards 6G, around six usage scenarios and four overarching aspects. 

The workshop is formed around the six IMT 2030 usage scenarios set out by the ITU-R, complemented by the four overarching aspects on sustainability, connecting the unconnected, ubiquitous intelligence and security/resilience. Each IMT usage scenario will be addressed by a consolidated presentation from multiple relevant projects from the 6G Architecture Working Group, including PREDICT-6G.

“Trials, Pilots and Demos for Selected Verticals: the Experimental Way Forward towards 6G”. This workshop, co-organised by the 6G-SANDBOX, 6G-XR, FIDAL, SNS-ICE and PREDICT-6G projects, will share the views, achievements, and lessons learnt from the realisation of early trials, pilots and demonstrations in the respective projects. It will also provide information and guidance on how third parties can benefit from the experimental infrastructure being developed by these projects to carry out additional experimental work.

Collectively, the SNS projects taking part in this workshop have in-depth knowledge and practical insights in key verticals for the EU economy such as industrial manufacturing, media and entertainment, gaming, public protection and disaster relief, or smart cities. This will guarantee a balanced coverage in the technical sessions, as well as the exchange of valuable and diverse points of view in the final panel discussion.

"The 6G series workshop by Hexa-X-II". This workshop, organised by the european 6G flagship research project Hexa-X-II, will address the conference tracks ‘PHY—Physical Layer and Fundamentals’, ‘WOS – Wireless, Optical and Satellite Networks’, ‘NET – Network Softwarization’ ‘AIU Applications, IoT, Use Cases’ and ‘6G Visions and Sustainability’, by providing an overview on the 6G research from the major European players. This will be accomplished by inviting other SNS JU Stream B 6G technical enabler projects to present, such as PREDICT-6G.

The workshop is divided into 4 sessions of 90 minutes, and it will be in session 3 - 6G Architecture (90 min) where the coordinator of PREDICT-6G, Antonio de la Oliva (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) will participate. He will give a 12-minute presentation entitled ‘The importance of predictability in 6G networks’.

Stay tuned for more detailed information!

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PREDICT-6G demonstration at MWC Barcelona 2024

MWC Barcelona, the largest and most influential event in the connectivity sector, was held on the 26-29 February 2024. It brought together more than 28,000 organisations in a total of over 2,700 exhibitors, one of which was PREDICT-6G consortium member InterDigital. InterDigital had a strong presence at MWC, with a stand that included, among other things, several demos showing how innovation powers connected experiences at work, at play and at rest. 

At Work: Sensing-Enabled 6G Mobile Networks, was the space where InterDigital showcased sensing-enabled 6G mobile networks through a connected factory environment. Using InterDigital's sensing and communication technology to retrieve and send real-time information from network sensors and devices, the InterDigital team showed how their contributions to this fundamental 6G function can unlock new potential for consumers and businesses. One of these contributions is the PREDICT-6G demonstration called "Novel User Plane concepts for deterministic communications in an ISAC setting".

Dr. Sebastian Robitzsch from InterDigital, responsible for the standardisation of PREDICT-6G, showed our demo to the visitors of the MWC. The demonstration featured a mobile network for seamless wireless connectivity in a warehouse. An autonomous vehicle, equipped with distance and camera sensors, was connected to this network. Additionally, radar sensors on mobile devices enhanced security by detecting objects. Users controlled the vehicle remotely with a wireless glove, and sensor data was processed in the mobile network before being integrated into an application, enabling precise navigation in the warehouse.

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Enabling Native Localisation and Sensing Support in Future Mobile Networks

Dr Sebastian Robitzsch, member of the Consortium on behalf of InterDigital Europe Ltd, was invited to speak at the industry track on sensors and devices at IEEE World Forum on the Internet of Things (WFIOT). 

With the new ETSI Industry Specification Group for Integrated Sensing and Communications (ISG ISAC) officially launched, the talk first motivated the content covered with "sensing" as one of the core IMT research areas for 2030 and beyond. It then dives into 3GPP's work on a feasibility study to natively support sensing use cases and to offer sensing results to verticals, such as IoT applications. The 3GPP use cases considered for standardisation in Rel.19 and beyond were mapped to why sensing relies on deterministic communications and how to achieve that using IEEE (TSN) and/or 3GPP data plane technologies in the advent of 6G. 

The work that underpins the presentation is InterDigital's contribution to PREDICT-6G on an IP header-based solution on packet grouping (aka Data Unit Groups) to perform deterministic action in intermediate switches and routers, e.g. 5G User Plane nodes such as UE, gNB and UPF or TSN switches in- and outside a 3GPP domain.

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PREDICT-6G and DESIRE6G co-organise the “6G-PDN Workshop” at MobiHoc 2023

We are pleased to announce that PREDICT-6G and DESIRE6G successfully co-organised the "6G Programmable Deterministic Networking with AI" workshop (6G-PDN)” on the 23 of October 2023, at the prestigious 24th International Symposium on Theory, Algorithmic Foundations, and Protocol Design for Mobile Networks and Mobile Computing (MobiHoc 2023) held in Washington  DC, United States.

The '6G-PDN Workshop' served as a platform for leading researchers, industry experts, and academics to come together and discuss the roadmap and challenges of the technological areas within deterministic communications and deep network programmability in the context of 6G technology to support future end-to- end time-critical applications.

Hosted by the project coordinators of PREDICT-6G and DESIRE6G, Dr. Antonio de la Oliva and Dr. Chrysa Papagianni, respectively, the workshop spanned an entire day. It featured two keynote presentations delivered by Professor John Baras from the University of Maryland and Professor Kaushik Chowdhury from Northeastern University, along with three sessions dedicated to discussing academic papers around the following key topics:

  1. Deterministic Communications:

Exploring cutting-edge research on deterministic communication technologies that can provide ultra-reliable, low-latency communication links for critical applications such as autonomous vehicles, industrial automation, healthcare systems, and more. This is particularly relevant for PREDICT-6G, which focuses on creating a secure, modular, interoperable, and extensible deterministic network and management framework that automates the definition, provisioning, monitoring, fulfillment, and life-cycle management of end-to-end deterministic services over multiple network domains.

  1. Deep Network Programmability:

Delving into the advancements in deep network programmability, the ability to program the network fabric both vertically (control and data plane) and horizontally (end to end), that is expected to characterise the new generation of mobile networks, towards supporting extreme performance requirements and service-specific operations. DESIRE6G is in fact introducing deep programmability to the mobile network with the adoption of an end-to-end programmable data plane that supports multi-tenancy, using an abstraction layer to interact with the heterogeneous devices e.g., ASICs, CPUs, GPUS, DPUs etc.

  1. Transforming networking with AI

Native integration of AI is considered an integral feature of envisioned 6G systems both as a means for designing flexible, less complex, reconfigurable networks, as well as an intrinsic in-network intelligence feature.  This is relevant to DESIRE6G that aspires to natively integrate AI in the 6G system architecture to support adaptive decision-making at different time scales with expected impact on energy and performance efficiency gains.

The workshop's key findings include the definition of digital twins, AI and sensing as key areas where deterministic and programmable networks can work together to achieve extreme KPIs.

The standout aspect of the workshop was without any doubt the excellent quality of our keynotes: “Extreme Reconfigurability for 6G: From Programmable Wireless Networks to Programmable Environments” by Professor Kaushik Chowdhury and “Next Generation Hybrid Network (core, 5G/6G, non-terrestrial) Automation: Integrated Model-Based and Data-Driven Systems Engineering” by Professor Baras, which attracted top researchers attending the MobiHoc conference. 

The papers that were selected to be part of the workshop are listed below:

We extend our gratitude to all participants and to the esteemed keynotes, Professor John Baras and Professor Kaushik Chowdhury, for their invaluable contributions and insights shared during the event. Their expertise and perspectives significantly enriched our discussions, and we anticipate that they will continue to ignite further stimulating conversations in the future.

Stay tuned for future updates and events as we continue to strive towards shaping the future of 6G.

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Join PREDICT-6G at the MobiHoc2023

The 24th International Symposium on Theory, Algorithmic Foundations, and Protocol Design for Mobile Networks and Mobile Computing (MobiHoc 2023) will be held on the 23-26 of October 2023 in Washington DC, USA.  

In this scope, DESIRE6G and PREDICT-6G will co-organise the “6G Programmable Deterministic Networking with AI” (6G-PDN) workshop, which will take place on the 23 of October. The aim is to discuss the roadmap and challenges in the technological areas of deterministic communications and deep network programmability in 6G to support future end-to- end time-critical applications, bringing together academic and industry researchers. 

The programme features Kaushik Chowdhury, Professor and Vice Chair of Research at Northeastern University College of Engineering, and John Baras, Professor and Lockheed Martin Chair in Systems Engineering at the University of Maryland, as keynote speakers. Following an open call for papers, the selected authors will discuss in-depth various aspects of deterministic networks. These are organised in three sessions:

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Read the workshop programme here.

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PREDICT-6G attends the first SNS JU Steering Board meeting

On the 5 of September 2023, the first SNS JU Steering Board (SB) meeting took place in Athens, Greece, hosted by Space Hellas. Antonio de la Oliva, coordinator of PREDICT-6G, joined the meeting alongside the other SNS project´s coordinators comprising the SB. 

During this initial encounter, the SB set the foundations for its work, discussing its responsibilities as well as different suggestions to successfully fulfil its duties and respond to the needs of the community.  The SB is instrumental to coordinate the research efforts and set the guidelines for advancing the SNS objectives. 

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