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Alcatel-Lucent, INRIA open R&D lab for future networks

Posted: 08 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:network technology partnership? future communication networks? object Internet?

Alcatel-Lucent and The French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA) have inaugurated their joint research laboratory for next-generation networks. The collaboration aims to improve existing networks and create future technological solutions to manage the growth of the Internet and associated services.

Communication networks of the future will enable communication and information access at any place, at any time and from any terminal. Internet is evolving and it is still growing. At present, the interconnection of cellphones and the ubiquitous information technology is burdening the infrastructure of existing networks, with an ever-growing number of tasks that will be difficult to manage by human intervention. The need to manage this complexity is fundamental for the networksand the services they provideto continue to expand with a high level of quality and security.

The virtual laboratory has 50 researchers and includes 15 "specially recruited" young researchers. The laboratory will follow joint management by a scientist and an engineer at the heart of industrial concerns, offering the symmetry of the partnership around teams who will be working together. The joint laboratory set up also offers suitable working conditions for long-term R&D objectives such as pooling the best teams based on target core business, upstream knowledge of subjects and privileged human relations.

Future communication networks are a key priority under INRIA's strategic plan from 2008 to 2012. The research envisaged in the joint laboratory will help enable networks extend their coverage, capacity or QoS, while controlling cost. The design of autonomous networks and automation of their operation will make them more robust, available, secure and flexible so they are adapted to user needs and to user environments. Research on future technology uses include "spontaneous" networks created around an event, object Internet (all daily objects become communicating objects) and information sharing in new domains like road safety, with communication between vehicles and infrastructures to avoid accidents.

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