Developing self-configuring, secure wireless networks

August 17th, 2006

We are all familiar with wireless technology, mostly through the ubiquitous 802.11 networks found in our offices, homes and cafes. But this technology does not really deliver a wireless network, but rather provides “wireless access” to the conventional wired network whose design is decades old.

A recent artile in Network World discusses research aimed at combining concepts from MANETs, AI and cognitive radio to prototype the next generation of wireless networks.

Military research aims to develop self-configuring, secure wireless nets
Researchers develop military-grade intelligent wireless net.

By Ryan DeBeasi, NetworkWorld.com, 08/16/06

Government, corporate and academic researchers are working on a network that would be able to configure itself, intelligently cache and route data, and allow for fast and reliable sharing of data, all while maintaining military-grade security.

The project is called Knowledge Based Networking and is under development by the Department of Defense Research Projects Agency (DARPA). … Academic concepts such as artificial intelligence and Tim Berners-Lee’s “Semantic Web,” combined with technologies such as the Mobile Ad-hoc Network (MANET), cognitive radio, and peer-to-peer networking, would provide the nuts and bolts of such a network. Although the project is intended for soldiers in the field, the resulting advances could trickle down to end users. “Military networks are going to converge as closely as we can to civil technologies,” says Preston Marshall, the program manager of DARPA’s Advanced Technology Office.

Some of this work is supported by the DARPA XG program and was featured at a workshop on Real-Time Knowledge Processing for Wireless Network Communications held in March 2006. Research on this and related topic will also be a focus on the new NSF Global Environment for Networking Innovations (GENI) initiative.

The next generation of wireless and wired networks will have requirements for many AI and AI-related concepts, algorithms, techniques and technologies. In addition to using Semantic Web languages, research groups are currently exploring the use explicit declarative policies, self awareness and monitoring, learning and adaptation, and reasoning.