Resource Orchestration and Allocation of E2E Slices in Softwarized UAVs-Assisted 6G Terrestrial Networks

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IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management


Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are widely recognized as crucial supplementary component of 6G networks. Owing to the key attributes of UAVs (mobility, flexibility, and adjustable altitude), UAVs can serve as flying base stations (BSs), flying relays and mobile terminals in order to expand the service coverage and derive more applications. Softwarization is regarded as dominant attribute of network architecture of 6G, mainly realized by network function virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN). In this paper, we concentrate on researching the resource orchestration and allocation of end-to-end (E2E) slice services in softwarized UAVs-assisted 6G terrestrial networks. Problem models of UAVs-assisted 6G terrestrial networks and E2E slice are firstly introduced. Then, the problem formulation of resource orchestration and allocation of E2E slice is presented. Afterwards, one novel framework design, abbreviated as ReOrcAll-UAVs-6G, is detailed. When receiving one E2E slice, our ReOrcAll-UAVs-6G checks the available softwarized resources. If having available softwarized resources, our ReOrcAll-UAVs-6G turns to serving the slice and fulfilling slice’s tailored resource demands. During the orchestration and allocation phase, wireless and wired resource requests of this slice are considered and executed. Evaluation work and gained results of ReOrcAll-UAVs-6G and selected approaches are illustrated and analyzed. Gained results reveal that our ReOrcAll-UAVs-6G achieves apparent performance advantage, comparing with all selected approaches.



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6G mobile communication, 6G networks, E2E slice, Hardware, Middleboxes, orchestration and allocation, Resource management, Three-dimensional displays, UAVs, Virtualization, virtualization and softwarization, Wireless communication


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