Joined by the world's top industry experts, Terminus Group, the global smart services and AIoT solutions provider, attended the recent Global 6G Conference 2023, in Nanjing, with technical reports, international bilateral conferences, round table forums, and other activities focused on 6G network architecture and the corresponding technologies.
In attendance, Terminus Group's Chief Scientist, Dr. Yang Yang, shared the company's connectivity perspective and cutting-edge exploration of 6G among peers and attendees, stating his belief that the era of smart intelligence will usher in a growth of computationally intensive applications. Dr Yang also suggested that 6G network smart architecture needs to be able to comprehensively support users' diverse computing power requirements and multi-dimensional service quality requirements.
"With the large-scale commercial development of 5G and artificial intelligence (AI) technology, the era of the Internet of Things, digitalization and networking intelligence is most certainly already upon us," said Dr Yang.
"Higher demands have been put forward for network comprehensive performance indicators and intelligence levels. The research on 6G key technologies with spectrum, coverage and applications has begun and will gradually become the focus of the global information and communication industry," he added.
Noting that the evolution of mobile communication networks and applications follows a technology-driven model on the supply side, Dr Yang also posited that from 1G to 5G, various advanced mobile communication technologies have significantly improved spectrum utilization efficiency, digital information transmission rate, and system users' capacity. This, according to Terminus Group's Chief Scientist has led to the emergence of applications such as voice, text, images, and videos, with the core function and performance indicators of communication networks now highly efficient and accurate in their content delivery.
With the rapid promotion and application of ubiquitous artificial intelligence technology, Dr. Yang further stated that the application of 6G will be a user-centric smart and customized service.
"The core function of communication networks is not only content delivery, but also ubiquitous computing and intelligent algorithms. This requires the 6G network smart architecture to deeply integrate heterogeneous resources such as perception, storage, communication, computing, management, artificial intelligence, and multi-dimensional capabilities, and efficiently meet various personalized and computationally intensive user needs at anytime, anywhere," Dr Yang stated.
In order to comprehensively research the complex computing demands of various users, tasks, and scenarios, Dr. Yang and his colleagues compared intense research on statistical characteristics of online and batch tasks of different years and priorities, including the occupancy of CPU computing resources, utilization efficiency, and service delay distribution of different tasks.
With the ongoing development of technology and services, it can be seen across the industry that the granularity of computing resource allocation is becoming increasingly refined, which not only significantly improves resource utilization efficiency, but also meets the real-time service requirements of high-priority online tasks. It can also provide more computing resources and better service quality to lesser priority batch tasks.
As part of his study, Dr Yang and his team also analyzed and compared the dynamic changes in memory space and service delay, and derived statistical characteristics and fitting functions for different task computing requirements.
Based on the analysis and research of computationally intensive user tasks, Dr. Yang pointed out that the 6G network smart architecture needs to adopt more finely tuned, multi-functional smart network element nodes - to support more diversified service quality requirements and personalized user demands such as perception, storage, communication, computing, and management.
The key takeaway from Dr Yang's address to the conference was that 6G will further lead the smart and intelligent transformation of the future digital world. The implementation of this vision not only requires improving network KPIs in different application scenarios, but more importantly, utilizing heterogeneous network resources and ubiquitous artificial intelligence algorithms to effectively integrate, analyze, and collaborate on massive heterogeneous digital information; taking into account the personalized and customized demands of each user.
According to Dr Yang, Terminus Group believes that based on the smart and intelligent endogenous network architecture, they are going to enable to shorten the digital divide, meet the personalized demands of vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, making it possible to provide sustainable customized smart services for a variety of unique or individual users.