Editorial: First Quarter 2022 IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials

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2022 IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials  
IEEE COMMUNICATIONS SURVEYS AND TUTORIALS I WELCOME you to the first issue of the IEEE COMMUNICATIONS SURVEYS AND TUTORIALS in 2022. This issue includes 22 papers covering different aspects of communication networks. In particular, these articles survey and tutor various issues in "Internet Technologies", "IoT and M2M", "Network and Service Management and Green Communications", "Network Security", "Vehicular and Sensor Communications", and "Wireless Communications". A brief account for each of
more » ... hese papers is given below. I. INTERNET TECHNOLOGIES Research of the 6th generation (6G) networks has become active on a global scale, featuring various academic initiatives, industrial projects, and standardization efforts. While there is no specific answer yet to the question "What will 6G be?", 6G networks will, unquestionably, become even more heterogeneous, dynamic, and complex, while the services to be supported will become increasingly diverse and demanding. As a result, a highly flexible, scalable, adaptive, and intelligent network architecture will be crucial for 6G networks. In this context, the tutorial paper [A1] by Shen et al. presents a vision for 6G networks. Based on the evolution of networks, this tutorial proposes a novel network architecture for 6G featuring two key elements, i.e., holistic network virtualization and pervasive network intelligence. The former incorporates network slicing with digital twins to integrate the service provision and the service demand perspectives in network management. The latter consists of AI for networking and networking for AI to integrate AI into every corner of future networks. To consolidate this novel architecture for 6G, specific designs such as layered virtualization architecture with digital twins, connected AI for network management, AI slices, and hybrid data-model-driven methods are proposed and illustrated. At last, the tutorial discusses challenges and open issues related to the proposed architecture. We observe the emergence of a new generation of data networks, providing new ways for handling data in a distributed and decentralized environment. This new generation is constructed as a peer-to-peer (P2P) network and designed for distributed sharing, replication, and exchange of data. Data networks like the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) replace and break free from central data silos and at the same time offer cheap self-determined storage. This new generation of
doi:10.1109/comst.2022.3150657 fatcat:4cuptnxhqjajvmnzh7yc5kqrli