Eindhoven University of Technology (https://www.tue.nl/en/
) is one of Europe's top technological universities, situated at the heart of a most innovative high-tech region. Thanks to a wealth of collaborations with industry and academic institutes, our research has real-world impact. TU/e is highly ranked according to the Times Higher Educational World University ranking and the Shanghai ARWU ranking (engineering). TU/e has around 3,000 employees and 2,300 PhD students (half of which international, representing about 70 nationalities).
The candidate will work at the Department of Electrical Engineering (https://www.tue.nl/en/university/departments/electrical-engineering/
). Within this department, research and education is done in domains of Telecommunication, Care and Cure, and Smart energy systems. The interfaculty Eindhoven Hendrik Casimir Institute (EHCI) performs research in the area of broadband telecommunication, by investigating the potential of optical technologies. As a key member of EHCI, the Electro-Optical Communication Systems (ECO) group focuses its research on optical communication system techniques, ranging from systems for ultra-high capacity long reach transmission (encompassing single-mode, multi-mode and multi-core fiber systems), ultra-fast (all-) optical packet switching nodes, high-density intra-data center networks, to multi-service flexible access and in-building networks (including radio-over-fibre and optical wireless communication). ECO participates in several national and international projects. Project description
The project addresses the challenges of designing and developing a spectrally efficient, adaptive and converged optical datacom and telecom network infrastructure for future 6G and time sensitive applications. The project targets the design, prototyping and demonstration of a novel end-to-end integrated packet-optical transport architecture based on photonic integrated switching nodes. This network should be able to support traffic originating from heterogeneous access networks, addressing the anticipated capacity increase and its specific requirements such as high mobility, low latency, low jitter etc. The novel photonic network solution includes both transparent and flexible optical switching, adaptive optical transmission, and advanced intelligent control systems. The new photonic nodes with edge computing will address the granularity mismatch between the wireless access and the optical metro domain supporting dynamic optical bandwidth allocation. It will be coordinated by a dedicated intelligent control plane responsible for the provisioning of applications (i.e 6G, vertical industry services, etc..) through the allocation of heterogeneous compute, storage and networking resources also embedded in the node. Through the combination of improved, programmable optical switching techniques and intelligent, dynamic management of the applications, the project will perform demonstrations of 6G applications and vertical services, with more than100 times the capacity of current optical networks.Tasks
The PostDoc candidate will design, develop, and experimentally assess the novel photonic interconnects system with edge computing in a converged telecom and datacom architecture. He/she will numerically and experimentally investigate optical edge node network architectures that are able to interconnect a number of novel optical technologies to be developed in the project such as photonic WDM switches and bandwidth-variable transceivers in order to support the required dynamicity and flexibility. Moreover, in order to enable concepts such as hardware disaggregation and virtualization of the photonic node and system, the PostDoc candidate will design and implement the required opto-electronic interfaces and controller boards (also with the use of FPGA) to support programmability of the optical technologies developed in the project. In coordination with the software-defined networking (SDN) control plane, the optical nodes need to be able to adapt dynamically to the needs of specific services, optimally exploiting the data plane through the use of relevant data monitoring and analysis schemes developed within the project.
The PostDoc candidate will contribute to the TU/e efforts in establishing collaboration with the other researchers in the project and contribute to the related project reporting, scientific publication and dissemination activities.