Cognitive Radio Rides on the Cloud
Cognitive Radio (CR) is capable of adaptive learning and reconfiguration, promising consistent communications performance for C4ISR systems even in dynamic and hostile battlefield environments. As such, the vision of Network-Centric Operations becomes feasible. However, enabling adaptation and learning in CRs may require both storing a vast volume of data and processing it fast. Because a CR usually has limited computing and storage capacity determined by its size and battery, it may not be able to achieve its full capability. The cloud can provide its computing and storage utility for CRs to overcome such challenges. On the other hand, the cloud can also store and process enormous amounts of data needed by C4ISR systems.