5G (Fifth Generation) Networks are the latest generation of wireless communication technology and infrastructure designed to provide advanced and improved wireless connectivity compared to previous generations, such as 4G (LTE) and 3G. 5G networks represent a significant leap forward in terms of data speed, capacity, latency, and connectivity capabilities. 5G networks have the potential to revolutionize various industries and enable new applications and services that were previously not possible or practical with older wireless technologies. The rollout of 5G networks is ongoing worldwide, and it is expected to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of mobile and wireless communication.


FactionFormer: Context-Driven Collaborative Vision Transformer Models for Edge Intelligence

Edge Intelligence has received attention in the recent times for its potential towards improving responsiveness, reducing the cost of data transmission, enhancing security and privacy, and enabling autonomous decisions by edge devices. However, edge devices lack the power and compute resources necessary to execute most Al models. In this paper, we present FactionFormer, a novel method to deploy resource-intensive deep-learning models, such as vision transformers (ViT), on resource-constrained edge devices. Our method is based on a key observation: edge devices are often deployed in settings where they encounter only a subset of the classes that the resource intensive Al model is trained to classify, and this subset changes across deployments. Therefore, we automatically identify this subset as a faction, devise on-the fly a bespoke resource-efficient ViT called a modelette for the faction and set up an efficient processing pipeline consisting of a modelette on the device, a wireless network such as 5G, and the resource-intensive ViT model on an edge server, all of which work collaboratively to do the inference. For several ViT models pre-trained on benchmark datasets, FactionFormer’s modelettes are up to 4× smaller than the corresponding baseline models in terms of the number of parameters, and they can infer up to 2.5× faster than the baseline setup where every input is processed by the resource-intensive ViT on the edge server. Our work is the first of its kind to propose a device-edge collaborative inference framework where bespoke deep learning models for the device are automatically devised on-the-fly for most frequently encountered subset of classes.

SmartSlice: Dynamic, Self-optimization of Application’s QoS requests to 5G networks

Applications can tailor a network slice by specifying a variety of QoS attributes related to application-specific performance, function or operation. However, some QoS attributes like guaranteed bandwidth required by the application do vary over time. For example, network bandwidth needs of video streams from surveillance cameras can vary a lot depending on the environmental conditions and the content in the video streams. In this paper, we propose a novel, dynamic QoS attribute prediction technique that assists any application to make optimal resource reservation requests at all times. Standard forecasting using traditional cost functions like MAE, MSE, RMSE, MDA, etc. don’t work well because they do not take into account the direction (whether the forecasting of resources is more or less than needed), magnitude (by how much the forecast deviates, and in which direction), or frequency (how many times the forecast deviates from actual needs, and in which direction). The direction, magnitude and frequency have a direct impact on the application’s accuracy of insights, and the operational costs. We propose a new, parameterized cost function that takes into account all three of them, and guides the design of a new prediction technique. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first work that considers time-varying application requirements and dynamically adjusts slice QoS requests to 5G networks in order to ensure a balance between application’s accuracy and operational costs. In a real-world deployment of a surveillance video analytics application over 17 cameras, we show that our technique outperforms other traditional forecasting methods, and it saves 34% of network bandwidth (over a ~24 hour period) when compared to a static, one-time reservation.