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TSSG’s Three-year project – Terapod – could revolutionise data centre operation and design

By 27th October 2017 No Comments

TERAPOD-LOGOResearchers at Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) are leading an EU-funded project to plot and plan the future of wireless technology.

Dr Alan Davy and his team will be joined by experts from across Europe and industry partner Dell EMC to work on the three-year project, Terapod.

Terapod will investigate, test and demonstrate the feasibility of an ultra-high bandwidth wireless network operating in the Terahertz (THz) band that is 1,000 times faster than 4G. The band is seen as the new frontier for wireless communication and the key to satisfying the increasing demand for higher speed wireless communication.

The resarchers’ work could affect how data centres operate by improving operational efficiency and geometric design of facilities into the future. Terapod will also lead to an exponential growth in scientific output and disclosure of THz communication research over the next 10 years.

“This is a massively prestigious project for TSSG to lead and it opens up a whole new horizon for us as a leading research hub and for Ireland as a whole,” said Dr Davy. “Our role in TSSG extends beyond coordination and into THz communication protocols at the physical and data link layer along with novel software defined network (SDN) management strategies The European Commission funded six projects to look beyond 5G and this flagship initiative is unrivalled.

“The saturation of wireless spectrum access is leading to innovations in areas such as spectrum resource usage. It is widely thought however that the low hanging fruits of innovation for wireless communication are all but exploited with only marginal gains possible. For a real step change towards the coveted 1Tb/s wireless transmission, new areas of the spectrum must be used. That is what Terapod is all about.”

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