The Media Innovation Research Laboratory is researching and developing a future network as a new social infrastructure that will become the “next” Internet. Our aim is to establish future network architecture based on a cyber-physical system as an infrastructure that can support an efficient, comfortable, safe, and sustainable society while creating innovative, next-generation services. To this end, we are researching and developing a variety of technologies including network virtualization technology to provide a common platform for a wide range of services and next-generation media transport technology that puts that network to practical use.
Research and development proceeds on converting network elements to software through such techniques as software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV). In this way, we aim to provide services in a flexible and prompt manner and reduce facility and operation costs. The Lagopus software switch, which is compatible with Open Flow, a popular SDN protocol, achieves high speeds in excess of 10 GbE comparable to hardware switches. Lagopus is being released as open source software (OSS). This technology will enable dynamic and quick construction of ICT environments tailored to industrial and public infrastructures and to diverse applications including healthcare and disaster prevention.
We are researching and developing operations and artificial intelligence (AI) for automatically constructing and operating/maintaining services in accordance with user requests. Our aim here is to resolve the difficulty of optimizing services as the types of networks, computers, and applications continue to increase.
We aim to create new value as part of a smart city by analyzing and learning from existing open data and unreleased IoT data from buildings, commercial facilities, and urban vehicles through deep learning techniques using the corevo AI technologies of the NTT Group. We are engaged in joint field experiments with local governments and companies in different industries to identify issues in the protection of data value and the provision and use of open data.