ORCA project was presented at the 6G Wireless Summit 2020 with a talk in the MATILDA workshop.
The H2020 ORCA project offers experimentation facilities to promote wireless innovation especially focusing on SDR. The goal of the ORCA project is to enable wireless experimenters to unlock the potential of reconfigurable radio technology, by setting up complex experiments that require control of multiple novel technologies or cooperation between multiple networked SDR platforms with 5G or beyond 5G performance constraints on latency or throughput, well before new radio technologies become available on the market in commercial off-the-shelf products. The ORCA project further aims to bridge Software-Defined Radio (SDR) with Software-Defined Networking (SDN) technology, enabling the creation of parallel on demand wireless network slices, each slice optimized for a specific set of requirements.
Some recent trends in software defined radio research that will be highlighted are:
- Solving the dilemma between software, associated with high flexibility and short development cycle, and hardware, associated with high performance and long development cycle, through softwarization;
- Offering QoS-aware end-to-end wireless services with very diverse requirements through softwarization and virtualisation techniques, not only suitable for powerful and centralised core/cloud/edge infrastructures, but also in end devices;
- Simplifying standardisation through hierarchical orchestration, a technology neutral end-to-end approach for managing different networks across heterogeneous networks.
Check the video below: