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Informational properties of networks under communication constraints

Descrizione del progetto

Un cambio di paradigma per le reti informatiche

Le reti del futuro dovranno essere sensibili, flessibili e veloci perché la domanda sta crescendo sia sul fronte delle persone che sul fronte delle macchine. A tal fine, l’UE sta investendo in innovative tecnologie di rete. Il progetto InfoNet, finanziato dall’UE, indagherà sulle proprietà informatiche fondamentali delle reti sottoposte a vincoli di comunicazione. Nello specifico, si allontanerà dall’assunto che una rete sia totalmente connessa e che le informazioni che trasporta siano un bene. Considererà invece un nuovo paradigma dove i limiti di connettività della rete sono imposti e le informazioni possono essere combinate. Tra gli esempi figurano sistemi di stoccaggio in cui i collegamenti sono stabiliti dalla prossimità fisica o dall’architettura del sistema, oppure reti ad ampio settore a bassa energia per applicazioni IoT. Le scoperte produrranno spunti e struttureranno regole per la costruzione di reti informatiche.

Obiettivo

Motivated by applications to information networks such as wireless and ad-hoc, this research will explore
fundamental informational properties of networks under communication constraints. In the standard
approach, the network is assumed to be fully connected and/or the information it carries is treated as a
commodity. Here, we will investigate a markedly different paradigm where limitations on the nodes’
connectivity in the network are imposed and pieces of information can be combined. Examples include
storage systems in which the links are established by physical proximity or system architecture, as well as
low-power wide-area networks for Internet-of-Things applications. We will consider a broad spectrum of
models and topics ranging from efficient information encoding and network resiliency to information loss
under corrupt nodes to cooperative models and network information accessibility. We will study these topics
under specific network families and random networks.
While prominently theoretic, the proposed investigation is expected to yield insights and design rules for the
construction of information networks, e.g. via new data placement techniques and communication protocols.
Moreover, we plan to devote part of our study to practical aspects by implementing and testing the theory
developed in real-world networks. Such developments may well lead to a paradigm shift in the design of
resource-limited wireless communication systems, and potentially reduce energy consumption, delays, and
increase the overall information reliability. Lastly, our motivation stems from the perception that naturally
occurring phenomena in general networks are dependent on the information carried by them; this perception
is what drives both the research questions we pose and the mathematical model we define. Consequently, the
theoretical results are expected to be practical and influential across different disciplines and research areas.

Meccanismo di finanziamento

ERC-STG - Starting Grant

Istituzione ospitante

TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 1 474 375,00
Indirizzo
RAMAT AVIV
69978 Tel Aviv
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Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Collegamenti
Costo totale
€ 1 474 375,00

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