Physics-inspired methods for networking and communications

Saad, David, Yeung, Chi Ho, Rodolakis, Georgios, Syrivelis, Dimitris, Koutsopoulos, Iordanis, Tassiulas, Leandros, Urbanke, Rüdiger, Giaccone, Paolo and Leonardi, Emilio (2014). Physics-inspired methods for networking and communications. IEEE Communications Magazine, 52 (11), pp. 144-151.


Advances in statistical physics relating to our understanding of large-scale complex systems have recently been successfully applied in the context of communication networks. Statistical mechanics methods can be used to decompose global system behavior into simple local interactions. Thus, large-scale problems can be solved or approximated in a distributed manner with iterative lightweight local messaging. This survey discusses how statistical physics methodology can provide efficient solutions to hard network problems that are intractable by classical methods. We highlight three typical examples in the realm of networking and communications. In each case we show how a fundamental idea of statistical physics helps solve the problem in an efficient manner. In particular, we discuss how to perform multicast scheduling with message passing methods, how to improve coding using the crystallization process, and how to compute optimal routing by representing routes as interacting polymers.

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Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Systems analytics research institute (SARI)
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Mathematics
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Uncontrolled Keywords: decoding,network architecture,optimization,physics,computers ports,routing protocols,statistical analysis,Electrical and Electronic Engineering,Computer Science Applications,Computer Networks and Communications
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Published Date: 2014-11
Authors: Saad, David ( 0000-0001-9821-2623)
Yeung, Chi Ho
Rodolakis, Georgios
Syrivelis, Dimitris
Koutsopoulos, Iordanis
Tassiulas, Leandros
Urbanke, Rüdiger
Giaccone, Paolo
Leonardi, Emilio



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