Machine Learning Meets Communication Networks: Current Trends and Future Challenges

Ijaz Ahmad*, SHARIAR SHAHABUDDIN, HASSAN MALIK, ERKKI HARJULA, TEEMU LEPPÄNEN, LAURI LOVÉN, ANTTI ANTTONEN, ALI HASSAN SODHRO, MUHAMMAD MAHTAB ALAM, MARKKU JUNTTI, ANTTI YLÄ-JÄÄSKI, THILO SAUTER, ANDREI GURTOV , MIKA YLIANTTILA, JUKKA RIEKKI

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Abstract

The growing network density and unprecedented increase in network traffic, caused by the massively expanding number of connected devices and online services, require intelligent network operations. Machine Learning (ML) has been applied in this regard in different types of networks and networking technologies to meet the requirements of future communicating devices and services. In this article, we provide a detailed account of current research on the application of ML in communication networks and shed light on future research challenges. Research on the application of ML in communication networks is described in: i) the three layers, i.e., physical, access, and network layers; and ii) novel computing and networking concepts such as Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC), Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), and a brief overview of ML-based network security. Important future research challenges are identified and presented to help stir further research in key areas in this direction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223418-223460
Number of pages43
JournalIEEE Access
Volume8
Early online date1 Dec 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • Communication Networks
  • Machine Learning
  • Physical Layer
  • MAC layer
  • Network Layer
  • SDN
  • NFV
  • MEC
  • Security
  • Artificial intelligence

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