Research on Future 6G Network Architectures


TUM and the Technical University of Dresden have joined forces to form the 6G-life research hub to drive cutting-edge research for future 6G communication networks with a focus on human-machine collaboration. The merger of the two universities of excellence combines their world-leading preliminary work in the field of Tactile Internet in the Cluster of Excellence CeTI, 5G communication networks, quantum communication, Post-Shannon theory, artificial intelligence methods, and adaptive and flexible hardware and software platforms.


6G-life will provide new approaches for sustainability, such as the Post-Shannon theory, to decouple the relationship between data volumes and energy consumption as far as possible. 6G-life will provide new concepts for security (quantum communication, post-quantum security, and protocols) and resilience (artificial intelligence methods to control in-network computing, resilience against denial-of-service attacks). Current latencies in communication networks are still too high for critical use cases. 6G-life will provide solutions for this.


6G-life will significantly stimulate industry and the startup landscape in Germany through positive showcase projects and thus sustainably strengthen digital sovereignty in Germany. Test fields for two use cases will drive research and economic stimulation. The goal is to create at least 10 new startups through 6G-life in the first four years and involve at least 30 startups. 6G-life will significantly contribute to the creation of a skilled workforce. In addition, 6G-life has set itself the task of accompanying the population in the digital transformation and thus making a contribution to society.

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Related publications

2022-10-01 Max Helm, Florian Wiedner, Georg Carle, “Flow-level Tail Latency Estimation and Verification based on Extreme Value Theory,” in 18th International Conference on Network and Service Management (CNSM 2022), Thessaloniki, Greece, Oct. 2022. [Pdf] [Bib]
2022-08-01 Eric Hauser, Manuel Simon, Henning Stubbe, Sebastian Gallenmüller, Georg Carle, “Slicing Networks with P4 Hardware and Software Targets,” in ACM SIGCOMM 2022 Workshop on 5G and Beyond Network Measurements, Modeling, and Use Cases (5G-MeMU ’22), Amsterdam, Netherlands, Aug. 2022. [Pdf] [DOI] [Bib]
2022-07-01 Sebastian Gallenmüller, Dominik Scholz, Henning Stubbe, Eric Hauser, Georg Carle, “Reproducible by Design: Network Experiments with pos,” in KuVS Fachgespräch - Würzburg Workshop on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Next-Generation Communication Networks 2022 (WueWoWas’22), Würzburg, Germany, Jul. 2022. [Pdf] [Bib]
2022-06-01 Sebastian Gallenmüller, Eric Hauser, Georg Carle, “Prototyping Prototyping Facilities: Developing and Bootstrapping Testbeds,” in 2022 IFIP Networking WKSHPS: SLICES Scientific Instruments to support digital infrastructure science (IFIP Networking 2022 WKSHPS SLICES), Catania, Italy, Jun. 2022. [Pdf] [Bib]
2022-05-01 Florian Wiedner, Max Helm, Sebastian Gallenmüller, Georg Carle, “HVNet: Hardware-Assisted Virtual Networking on a Single Physical Host,” in IEEE INFOCOM WKSHPS: Computer and Networking Experimental Research using Testbeds (CNERT 2022) (INFOCOM WKSHPS CNERT 2022), Virtual Event, May 2022. [Pdf] [Bib]

Finished student theses

Author Title Type Advisors Year Links
Matthias Michailow Implementation and Analysis of In-Network Computation in Programmable Data Planes MA Manuel Simon, Henning Stubbe, Sebastian Gallenmüller 2021 Pdf
Stefan Lachnit Hardware Timestamping on 100G Network Cards IDP Sebastian Gallenmüller, Henning Stubbe, Florian Wiedner 2021

Open and running student theses

Author Title Type Advisors Year Links
Stefan Lachnit Comparison of Hardware Timestamping Facilities for 100G Networks MA Sebastian Gallenmüller, Henning Stubbe, Florian Wiedner, Eric Hauser 2022
Maximilian Schwarzmaier Hardware Discovery Protocol Support for Programmable Switches BA Eric Hauser, Sebastian Gallenmüller 2022
Sebastian Faul Virtualized Testbed Infrastructure for Practical Network Experiment BA Sebastian Gallenmüller, Henning Stubbe, Florian Wiedner 2022