Panel discussion: the role of digital twins in testing and emulation of next-gen networks

Glad to participate in this panel to discuss with Ahmed Alkhateeb and Pedram Johari how digital twins enable the next generation of testing and emulation techniques in networking. Thanks for the organization and moderation to Marie-Jose Montpetit and the NetworkingChannel.

Join us online on Zoom: (Registration required.)

Digital twins (DTs), the digital representation of a physical entity, are emerging as an important tool for network modelling, simulation, and testing. The cost of hardware-based testing, especially in wireless networks, is making twins a virtual alternative to traditional testbeds. And because twins depend on the actual network data and can be fully integrated to the network, they offer a more realistic environment for hypothesis testing when compared to traditional emulation and pave the way for increased AI in network operations. But twins are now also used in many fields and require networks to support them. The panel will review the current status of DTs in networking and networking for DTs and highlight the challenges of DT development in a complex, dynamic and connected environment.