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Smart Device Communication: A paradigm for high PERformance FUture Mobile nEtworking

Project description

Pushing the frontiers of mobile internet performance

As the world becomes increasingly reliant on mobile internet, improving its performance is crucial. Despite advances, new paradigms that lead to greater spectral efficiencies and intelligent network organisations are needed to keep up with the continuous growth in mobile data. The European Research Council-funded PERFUME project will address these limitations. Specifically, the project aims to revolutionise mobile internet by tapping into the capabilities of the devices themselves. It proposes to transform devices into distributed computational nodes that can solve multi-agent problems together, maximising network performance by exploiting local measurement and information exchange capabilities. This approach, which deviates from the traditional network-centric model, will enable devices to become network friendly and intelligent, resulting in significant gains for mobile internet performance.


Advances in theory, integration techniques and standardization have led to huge progress in wireless technologies. Despite successes with past and current (5G) research, new paradigms leading to greater spectral efficiencies and intelligent network organizations will be in great demand to absorb the continuous growth in mobile data. Our ability to respond suitably to this challenge in the next decade will ensure sustained competitiveness in the digital economy.

With few exceptions such as ad-hoc topologies, classical wireless design places the radio device under the tight control of the network. Promising technologies envisioned in 5G such as (i) Coordinated MultiPoint (CoMP) techniques, (ii) Massive MIMO, or (ii) Millimeter-wave (MMW) by-and-large abide by this model. Pure network-centric designs, such as optical cloud-supported ones raise cost and security concerns and do not fit all deployment scenarios. Also they make the network increasingly dependent on a large amount of signaling and device-created measurements.
Our project envisions a radically new approach to designing the mobile internet, which taps into the device’s new capabilities. Our approach recasts devices as distributed computational nodes solving together multi-agent problems, allowing to maximize the network performance by exploiting local measurement and information exchange capabilities. The success of the project relies on the understanding of new information theory limits for systems with decentralized information, the development of novel device communication methods, and advanced team-based statistical signal processing algorithms.
The potential gains associated with exploiting the devices’ collective, network friendly, intelligence are huge. The project will demonstrate long-term impact of the new paradigm, in pushing the frontiers of mobile internet performance, as well as short- to mid-term impact through its adaptation to currently known communications scenarios and techniques.

Host institution

Net EU contribution
€ 2 358 768,94
06410 Biot

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Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Alpes-Maritimes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 2 358 768,94

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