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Improving network resource utilisation

Network management has emerged as a key issue for a great number of companies and public organisations in recent years. Discovering new ways to control the network and monitor traffic at key access points is therefore an important goal.
Improving network resource utilisation
A university research team in Italy has devised a new system able to improve on current network management standards. The approach is based on the relatively new concept of user-aware network control in order to assess network resources and potential service demand.

Researchers have essentially managed to personalise the use of network resources based on each user's specific profiles. These profiles are used for configuration and dimensioning purposes. The creation and storage of user profiles allows users access to a personalised working space, complete with storage capabilities, according to their needs.

User-aware network control models can provide a picture of the current state of network resources as well as current and potential demands posed on the service. The ultimate aim of this approach is the optimised use of resources through a distributed system able to coordinate network decisions locally, minimising the need for external decision-making.

The university team has succeeded in creating a distributed methodology, establishing 'checkpoints' at the access section as well as on the core section of the network. The team is now seeking to form a joint venture agreement for the commercial exploitation of the technology.
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