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Research Projects

Research Programme

The future impact of pervasive computing is an area of very active research. We are interested in the applications of dynamic hardware, wireless networking, ad-hoc sensor networks and protocol design in this area to improve system performance. We are also looking at the applications of advanced coding techniques in the area of mobile third generation networks. The Group has links with both the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies and the Neural Computing Research Group. A range of theoretical, experimental and CAD design techniques are used to investigate novel architectures and protocols.

Research Interests

  • Ad-hoc networks
  • Sensor networks
  • Mobile networks
  • Adaptive Algorithms
  • Applications of FPGAs
  • Dynamic hardware in internet routers
  • Concurrent systems design
  • Coding theory
  • Cellular architectures for flexible processing
  • Architectures for handling high-speed serial data
  • Synchronisation and control logic for concurrent system
  • Massively parallel simulations of fibre optic communication systems including HPC scalability studies.
  • Protocol design, performance modeling and optimisation for wireless networks
    • Wireless local area networks (WLAN): IEEE 802.11 series
    • Wireless personal area networks (WPAN): IEEE 802.15.4 
    • Cellular networks: LTE and LTE Advanced, Femtocell
    • WiMAX: IEEE 802.16
    • Dynamic spectrum access networks: IEEE 802.22
  • Applications of wireless networking technologies
    • Vehicular ad hoc networks (VANET)
    • Smart grid and smart metering
    • Machine to machine (M2M) networks
    • E-health
  • Real time multimedia communications
    • QoS provisioning over Internet and wireless networks
    • Peer to peer (P2P) networks
    • Content centric networking (CCN)

Funded research projects

Ultra long time window simulations of optical communication systems

The Digital Economy has been one of the strongest growth markets over the past decade and with high definition video on demand, online gaming, e-health and other bandwidth hungry applications on the horizon will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The driving force behind this success story is the availability of networks with vast amounts of high quality affordable bandwidth. The most prominent example of such a network is of course the Internet itself. However, for this new economy to continue to thrive an ever increasing amount of bandwidth at decreasing costs is needed.

These EPSRC funded projects are a joint initiative between Dr Marc Eberhard from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Aston University and Prof Rudolf Roemer from the Department of Physics at Warwick University. The overall scientific aim is to develop and apply a massively parallel simulation code for next generation fibre optic based communication systems to the UK's supercomputer HECToR, which has 90,000 cores (each of these has about the same CPU power as a standard PC), a total theoretical peak performance of 520 Tflops and about 90 Tbyte of memory with over 1 Pbyte of fast parallel harddisk storage. The system is based on 16-core AMD Opteron 2.3GHz Interlagos processors in 20 cabinets occupying about the same space as two tennis courts.

The results obtained will form the basis for further EPSRC funding applications for research staff in order to capitalize on the investment made in developing the code and to push the capabilities of optical communication system simulations even further. 

Words: Marc Eberhard
More about HECToR: http://www.hector.ac.uk/abouthector/hectorbasics/ 

Heterogeneous IP Networks

This project is in collaboration with Ericsson, Freescale (formerly Motorola Semiconductors), Artesyn (a software company), University of Wales Swansea, University of Cambridge, University of Essex and Aston University. It is part of a collaborative research project, funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and EPSRC. More information > 

Optimised Data Storage Caching with High Availability Data Delivery within a Distributed Storage Network

Full details here.

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