Network Slicing
▶ Introduction

5G networks are intended to provide mainly three types of services: massive machine type communications (mMTC), ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC), and enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB). The mMTC is characterized by massive number of devices communicating with each other and requires low cost along with long battery backup time. Apart from that, URLLC need simultaneous low latency and ultra-reliability. On the other hand, eMBB requires higher data rates along with large coverage area. To enable users with eMBB, mMTC, and URLLC, it’s imperative to redesign the network architecture. Network slicing is a promising candidate to allow 5G networks to offer a wide variety of services and applications such as e-health, augmented reality, smart transportation system, smart banking, smart farming, and mobile gaming. The notion of the network slicing is to leverage the network infrastructure resources for creation of multiple subnetworks for different types of services and applications. Then, each subnetwork will perform slicing of the physical network resources to yield an independent network for its applications. To enable different 5G services, slices of different types for mMTC, URRLC, and eMBB services that utilize the network resources can be created. We can assign each slice type with complete end-to-end network resources; however, it does not seem practical because of the high expense. On the other hand, it would be feasible to allow sharing of the network resources among multiple types of slices using technologies like network function virtualization and software defined networking. Overview of network slicing is given in Fig. 1

Fig. 1: Overview of network slicing [1]

▶ Research Issues

  • Intelligent service function chaining
  • Mobility-aware slicing
  • Network slicing forensics
  • Dynamic spectrum slicing
  • Federated learning-based network slicing
  • Adaptive business model driven network services

  • ▶ References

    1. Kazmi, SM Ahsan, et al. Network Slicing for 5G and Beyond Networks. Springer, 2019.

    ▶ Achievements

    1. Latif U. Khan, Ibrar Yaqoob, Nguyen H. Tran, Zhu Han, and Choong Seon Hong, "Network Slicing: Recent Advances, Taxonomy, Requirements, and Open Research Challenges," IEEE Access, Vol.8, Issue 1, pp.36009-36028, Feb. 2020
    2. Yan Kyaw Tun, Do Hyon Kim, Madyan Alsenwi, Nguyen H. Tran, Zhu Han, Choong Seon Hong, "Energy Efficient Communication and Computation Resource Slicing for eMBB and URLLC Coexistence in 5G and Beyond," IEEE Access, Vol.8, pp.136024-136035, Jul. 2020
    3. Yan Kyaw Tun, Nguyen H. Tran, Duy Trong Ngo , Shashi Raj Pandey , Zhu Han and Choong Seon Hong, "Wireless Network Slicing: Generalized Kelly Mechanism Based Resource Allocation," IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, Vol.37, pp.1794-1807, July. 2019
    4. Madyan Alsenwi, Nguyen H. Tran, Mehdi Bennis, Anupam Kumar Bairagi and Choong Seon Hong, "eMBB-URLLC Resource Slicing: A Risk-Sensitive Approach," IEEE Communications Letters, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 740-743, April. 2019
    5. Yan Kyaw Tun, Madyan Alsenwi, Shashi Raj Pandey, Chit Wutyee Zaw and Choong Seon Hong, "Energy Efficient Multi-Tenant Resource Slicing in Virtualized Multi-Access Edge Computing," The 20th Asia-Pacific Network Operations and Management Symposium(APNOMS 2019), Sep. 18-21, 2019, Matsue, Japan
    6. Madyan Alsenwi, Shashi Raj Pandey, Yan Kyaw Tun, Choong Seon Hong, "Dynamic Resource Slicing of eMBB/URLLC Traffics in 5G Wireless Networks: A Reinforcement Learning Based Approach", 2019년 한국컴퓨터종합학술대회(KCC 2019), 2019.6.26~6.28
    7. Yan Kyaw Tun, Shashi Raj Pandey, Choong Seon Hong, "End-to-end Network Resource Slicing in Mobile Edge Computing for 5G New Radio", 2019년 한국컴퓨터종합학술대회(KNOM 2019), 2019.05.30.~05.31
    8. Tra Huong Thi Le, Nguyen H. Tran, Phuong Luu Vo, Zhu Han, Mehdi Bennis, Choong Seon Hong, "Contract-based Cache Partitioning and Pricing Mechanism in Wireless Network Slicing", IEEE GLOBECOM 2017, Dec. 4-8, 2017, Singapore, Singapore
    9. 1. S. M. Ahsan Kazmi, Latif U. Khan, Nguyen H. Tran, Choong Seon Hong, “Network Slicing for 5G and Beyond Networks”, Springer, ISBN 9783030161699, pp. 1-148, June, 2019