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  Network Slicing in 6G Networks: Towards Efficient and Scalable Resource Management


   School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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  Dr Omar Alani  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Information on this PhD research area can be found further down this page under the details about the Widening Participation Scholarship given immediately below.

Applications for this PhD research are welcomed from anyone worldwide but there is an opportunity for UK candidates (or eligible for UK fees) to apply for a widening participation scholarship.

Widening Participation Scholarship: Any UK candidates (or eligible for UK fees) is invited to apply. Our scholarships seek to increase participation from groups currently under-represented within research. A priority will be given to students that meet the widening participation criteria and to graduates of the University of Salford. For more information about widening participation, follow this link: https://www.salford.ac.uk/postgraduate-research/fees. [Scroll down the page until you reach the heading “PhD widening participation scholarships”.] Please note: we accept applications all year but the deadline for applying for the widening participation scholarships in 2024 is 28th March 2024. All candidates who wish to apply for the MPhil or PhD widening participation scholarship will first need to apply for and be accepted onto a research degree programme. As long as you have submitted your completed application for September/October 2024 intake by 28 February 2024 and you qualify for UK fees, you will be sent a very short scholarship application. This form must be returned by 28 March 2024. Applications received after this date must either wait until the next round or opt for the self-funded PhD route.

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Project description: Network slicing is a key technology that enables the creation of multiple virtual networks over a shared physical network infrastructure. Each network slice can be tailored to meet the specific requirements of a particular use case or application, such as industrial automation, e-health, or autonomous driving. In 6G networks, network slicing is expected to play a critical role in providing efficient and scalable resource management. In this research proposal, we aim to investigate the challenges and opportunities of network slicing in 6G networks, and develop novel solutions for efficient and scalable resource management.

The proposed research will contribute to the development of network slicing architectures and resource management strategies that can support a large number of slices with diverse requirements and ensure efficient resource allocation. The results of this research will have implications for the design and implementation of 6G networks, and for the development of new applications and use cases that rely on network slicing.

The works involve designing network slicing architectures that can support a large number of slices with diverse requirements, develop resource management strategies that can efficiently allocate resources to network slices based on their specific requirements, and evaluate the performance of different network slicing architectures and resource management strategies using simulation experiments.

The expected research outcome would be the design of network slicing architectures that can support a large number of slices with diverse requirements, while ensuring efficient and scalable resource management.

Computer Science (8) Engineering (12)

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded project and you will need to have sufficient funds in place (eg from scholarships, personal funds and/or other sources) to cover the tuition fees and living expenses for the duration of the research degree programme. Please check the School of Science, Engineering and Environment website for details about funding opportunities at Salford.

References

1. "5G Network Slicing: A Comprehensive Survey," IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 2224-2280, Fourthquarter 2020.
2. "Network Slicing in 5G and Beyond: An Overview and Research Opportunities," IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 58, no. 3, pp. 16-22, March 2020.

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