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ISIT 2011

The 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT) will be held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, between July 31 and August 5, 2011. Many sessions within the scope of CONECT have been organized, such as: Gaussian relay networks (including the deterministic approach), relay network coding, interference networks, broadcast channels etc. (Technical program)
Training session at EURECOM

A two day training session on the OpenAirInterface emulator, developed by EURECOM, will be held at the end of June 2011, in Sophia Antipolis, France and hosted by EURECOM. A hands-on tutorial on most aspects of the emulator will be given by Raymond Knopp, Navid Nikaein and Philippe Foubert.
ICC 2011

The 2011 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) will be held in Kyoto, Japan, June 5-9 (Technical Program). The following sessions contain some papers relevant to CONECT: cooperative communications, energy-efficient communications, network information theory and secure communications, multimedia QoS provisioning for multicast etc.
OpenAirInterface emulator

The OpenAirInterface emulator is available for use by partners at Registration is required.

Cooperative Networking for High Capacity Transport Architectures (CONECT)

CONECT proposes a holistic network design approach that drastically enhances performance in wireless networks by unlocking the hidden potential of the broadcast wireless medium. Information and communication theory, and protocol design engineering are used as the foundations for developing provably optimal cooperative information forwarding strategies, from multi-signal fusion to packet relay and node reciprocation. As a result, close to optimal end-to-end throughput is achieved while energy consumption is significantly reduced and other performance metrics like delay can be controlled.

Wireless information transport is currently realized under the highly suboptimal assumptions of point-topoint communication and strict signal separation. Recent network information theory advances suggest approaches for constructive exploitation of the multiplicity of signals arriving at a wireless node, traditionally considered as harmful interference. Building on this foundation, CONECT will develop an architecture that exploits these principles all the way from the physical communication substrate to cooperative packet level access and forwarding, to application level information exchange. Many-tomany information exchange modes like multicasting and any-casting will particularly benefit from this approach as the broadcast effect inherently amplifies the multicast transport capability. This constitutes a significant advance from more traditional approaches where interference is treated as a foe.

A concrete experimentation plan will validate the design choices and at the same time provide real-world feedback for fine-tuning of the architecture. It will be based on the OPENAIRINTERFACE test-bed for flexible radio network design and the NITOS test-bed for cooperative wireless access and transport. A video multicast application will provide the basic evaluation scenario. NITOS, being an ONELAB testbed, will provide the link to federation with the Planetlab-Europe infrastructure.


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