[From left: Kyunghan Lee, Hyun Jong Yang, Hyoil Kim, Changhee Joo]
5G mobile will be here by 2020. Remote surgery, cloud streaming gaming, drones, and robots will be all envisioned in 5G to bring better access and life-changing futuristic services to many. 5G will support 1,000-fold gain in capacity, hyper-connections for billion devices, and a 10Gb/s individual user experience capable of extremely low latency and response time. In particular, the demand for real-time immersive applications such as mission-critical remote control, remote robotic surgery, and interactive cloud gaming service is rapidly increasing. Current communication and network technologies, however, have their innate limits on the latency, which is way-beyond the requirement of immersive applications.
The UNIST research team, composed of Changhee Joo, Hyoil Kim, Kyunghan Lee, and Hyun Jong Yang, took a first step toward near-zero end-to-end latency, which propels us to commercialization of 5G, by starting a five-year research project “Research on Near-Zero Latency Network for 5G Immersive Service,” funded by the ministry of ICT and future planning, as of May 2015.
[End-to-end delay breakdown]
For the first time in the world, the UNIST team will shed light on issues in every network hop of the end-to-end network, as shown in the figure above, to achieve a few milliseconds of the total latency.