Microsoft Research Asia develops OpenNetLab with university partners

Elly Yates-Roberts
By Elly Yates-Roberts on 22 January 2021
Microsoft Research Asia develops OpenNetLab with university partners

Microsoft Research Asia has partnered with several universities in Asia to develop OpenNetLab. Described as a “network research community project”, OpenNetLab aims to promote the application and development of artificial intelligence. 

Microsoft says that the initiative will provide researchers with a “universal distributed network testing platform and real network evaluation datasets” to create a “healthy and sustainable networking research ecosystem”.

“With the advent of the 5G era, various applications are becoming more diverse, and the network environment is becoming more complex,” said Lidong Zhou, assistant managing director of Microsoft Research Asia. “In addition, the demand for real-time communications has increased sharply this year, which has posed great challenges to the underlying network foundation. 

“AI will help mitigate the unprecedented complexity of the network. With a group of universities, we are jointly building a next generation open networking platform, OpenNetLab, to promote research of a new ‘data-centric’ network paradigm.”

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