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Adaptive and Scalable Communication Networks

Volume 107, Issue 4 | April 2019

Guest Editors:

Ralf Steinmetz
Ioannis Stavrakakis
Christian Esteve Rothenberg
Boris Koldehofe

Special Issue Papers

Scanning the Issue

By R. Steinmetz, I. Stavrakakis, C. E. Rothenberg, and B. Koldehofe

Scalable 360° Video Stream Delivery: Challenges, Solutions, and Opportunities

By M. Zink, R. Sitaraman, and K. Nahrstedt

This article introduces a novel networking scenario, namely 360◦ video streaming, discussing its challenges, existing approaches, and the research opportunities which it enabled.

Web AR: A Promising Future for Mobile Augmented Reality—State of the Art, Challenges, and Insights

By X. Qiao, P. Ren, S. Dustdar, L. Liu, H. Ma, and J. Chen

In the context of mobile augmented reality, this article addresses a challenging network scenario that requires adaptation in the usage of computing, storage, and communication resources.

Will Serverless Computing Revolutionize NFV?

By P. Aditya, I. E. Akkus, A. Beck, R. Chen, V. Hilt, I. Rimac, K. Satzke, and M. Stein

This article explores a network scenario that is emerging as a different type of a novel cloud computing paradigm in which applications are decomposed into smaller and modular functions.

Modeling of Aggregated IoT Traffic and Its Application to an IoT Cloud

By F. Metzger, T. Hoßfeld, A. Bauer, S. Kounev, and P. E. Heegaard

This article provides a survey on traffic models for the Internet of Things (IoT), a challenging network scenario comprising highly varying load characteristics and interconnections of devices.

Scalable Personalized IoT Networks

By A. El-Mougy, I. Al-Shiab, and M. Ibnkahla

In the context of the Internet of Things, this article surveys the readiness and interplay of various distinct technologies, including scalable sensing, information-centric networks, and AI, that are likely to be necessary in order to enable personalized IoT networks.

Adaptable and Data-Driven Softwarized Networks: Review, Opportunities, and Challenges

By W. Kellerer, P. Kalmbach, A. Blenk, A. Basta, M. Reisslein, and S. Schmid

This article reviews and analyzes adaptation opportunities and the potential for building scalable communication systems by means of software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV).

Scaling Millimeter-Wave Networks to Dense Deployments and Dynamic Environments

By C. Fiandrino, H. Assasa, P. Casari, and J. Widmer

This article surveys adaptive communication techniques that relate to the coordination of antennas and beams that allow millimeter-wave networks to operate at scale.

Survey of Performance Acceleration Techniques for Network Function Virtualization

By L. Linguaglossa, S. Lange, S. Pontarelli, G. Rétvári, D. Rossi, T. Zinner, R. Bifulco, M. Jarschel, and G. Bianchi

In the network function virtualization, this article surveys ways of realizing network functions in a scalable way. It introduces techniques for hardware and software acceleration that allow for removing inherent bottlenecks in the deployment of network functions.

Energy-Adaptive Error Correcting for Dynamic and Heterogeneous Networks

By H. Jeong and P. Grover

This article reviews adaptive coding techniques for achieving energy efficiency in wireless communications. It analyzes and presents fundamental limits of adaptive coding techniques.

Learning and Management for Internet of Things: Accounting for Adaptivity and Scalability

By T. Chen, S. Barbarossa, X. Wang, G. B. Giannakis, and Z.-L. Zhang

In the context of online learning and management policies, this article illustrates ways of dealing with extreme heterogeneity, massive number of devices, and unpredictable dynamics in the context of the Internet of Things.

Elements of Application-Layer Internetworking for Adaptive Self-Organizing Networks

By J. Liebeherr, M. Valipour, and T. Y. Zhao

This article presents an internetworking approach based on self-organizing application-layer networks, surveying findings related to scalability, the ability to adapt after disruptions, heterogeneous substrate networks, distributed security, and the dynamic creation of network services.

Self-Organization and Resilience for Networked Systems: Design Principles and Open Research Issues

By S. Dobson, D. Hutchison, A. Mauthe, A. Schaeffer-Filho, P. Smith, and J. P. G. Sterbenz

This article reviews and proposes research on the twin fields of self-organization and resilience for networked systems.

Transitions: A Protocol-Independent View of the Future Internet

By B. Alt, M. Weckesser, C. Becker, M. Hollick, S. Kar, A. Klein, R. Klose, R. Kluge, H. Koeppl, B. Koldehofe, W. R. KhudaBukhsh, M. Luthra, M. Mousavi, M. Mühlhäuser, M. Pfannemüller, A. Rizk, A. Schürr, and R. Steinmetz

This article provides a taxonomy of an adaptation principle, named transition, which aims at increasing the flexibility and scale at which communication networks can be adapted.