The next generation of wireless communications networks, namely 6G, will be aimed at realizing a fully connected world, and at providing ubiquitous connectivity to people and objects even in remote areas that are very far from the structured Internet core network. These goals include the definition and the design of intelligent communications environments mainly characterized by pervasive artificial intelligence and large-scale automation. The target of this paper is the design of a management framework for edge networks realized with Flying Ad-Hoc Networks (FANET) consisting of a set of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to provide a remote geographic area with computing and networking facilities for delay-sensitive applications. To this purpose, each UAV is equipped with a Computing Element (CE) to process jobs received through vertical offloading from ground devices. In addition, horizontal offload among UAVs of the FANET is introduced for load balancing purposes, to guarantee that the FANET computation delay for each received job is minimized and is almost independent of the activity state of the area covered by the UAV receiving that job. The proposed FANET management framework is based on Deep Reinforcement Learning (DRL) to allow zero-touch adaptation to the timevariant activity state of the area covered by each UAV. Numerical results demonstrate the power of the proposed framework and the enhancements achieved with respect to the current literature.

Smart Zero-Touch Management of UAV-Based Edge Network

C. Grasso;R. Raftopoulos;G. Schembra
2022-01-01

Abstract

The next generation of wireless communications networks, namely 6G, will be aimed at realizing a fully connected world, and at providing ubiquitous connectivity to people and objects even in remote areas that are very far from the structured Internet core network. These goals include the definition and the design of intelligent communications environments mainly characterized by pervasive artificial intelligence and large-scale automation. The target of this paper is the design of a management framework for edge networks realized with Flying Ad-Hoc Networks (FANET) consisting of a set of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to provide a remote geographic area with computing and networking facilities for delay-sensitive applications. To this purpose, each UAV is equipped with a Computing Element (CE) to process jobs received through vertical offloading from ground devices. In addition, horizontal offload among UAVs of the FANET is introduced for load balancing purposes, to guarantee that the FANET computation delay for each received job is minimized and is almost independent of the activity state of the area covered by the UAV receiving that job. The proposed FANET management framework is based on Deep Reinforcement Learning (DRL) to allow zero-touch adaptation to the timevariant activity state of the area covered by each UAV. Numerical results demonstrate the power of the proposed framework and the enhancements achieved with respect to the current literature.
2022
5G mobile communication
6G
6G mobile communication
Artificial intelligence
Autonomous aerial vehicles
Deep Reinforcement Learning
Delays
Edge computing
Internet
Markov Decision Process.
UAVs
Zero-Touch Network Management
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