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The Networking Channel

Nov 2023

WED 15

8am PST

panel discussion

Digital Twins in Networking: Next Generation Testing and Emulation


Pedram Johari – Northeastern University, Boston

Ahmed Alkhateeb – Arizona State University, USA

Istvan David – McMaster University, Canada


Marie-José Montpetit – McGill University and ARA Wireless Project ISU, Ing. Ph.D., USA

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.


5pm CEST

(8am PST / 11 am EST / 1am JST)


web-streamed | time streamed



panel discussion