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NEC and NICT use AI to optimize the allocation of network resources

- Automatically classifies services through traffic analysis utilizing AI -

Tokyo, March 28, 2018NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced the successful demonstration of technologies that use AI to automatically classify services, such as video data and Web browsing, based on the characteristics of network traffic. This demonstration, jointly conducted with Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) in February 2018, contributes to the optimal allocation of network resources by automatically classifying services based on their traffic characteristics and visualizing their status of use.

This demonstration utilized JGN and RISE, NICT's test bed networks for research and development, Keysight Technologies' network packet broker, and NEC' s "Context-aware Service Controller(*)."

The Context-aware Service Controller automatically classifies services by extracting traffic characteristics based on the chronological data of the traffic and visualizes the status of network use for services by utilizing "NEC Advanced Analytics – RAPID machine learning," which is software that features deep learning technology and belongs to NEC's advanced AI technology series, "NEC the WISE." This reduces the prior setup work that is required of network operators in order to classify services.

For this demonstration, NEC succeeded in automatically classifying services based on their traffic characteristics. The characteristics of traffic from three different services were processed and learned by NEC's Context-aware Service Controller. The three services included video data from professional baseball training (provided by Hokkaido Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd. and GAORA INCORPORATED), video data captured by an IP camera, and lifestyle traffic (such as Web browsing).

Based on the results of this demonstration, it is possible to optimally allocate network resources to each service.

"Going forward, NEC will utilize the results of this demonstration to  promote the application of SDN/NFV and to contribute to advanced communication services that enable telecommunications carriers to optimize the allocation of network resources, including the Context-aware Service Controller and network virtualization solutions," said Shigeru Okuya, Senior Vice President, NEC Corporation.


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