Research Towards a Cognitive Network Eco-System

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Increasing demand for wireless information services, fixed, and inflexible access to spectrum, and overtaxing of cellular and backhaul infrastructure have combined to create opportunities for radically different wireless communications architectures. These emphasizes devolved network control, adaptive topologies, and dynamic interference avoidance and mitigation that are inherent in the devices and networks. One incentive towards such architectures is a necessary transition from design and architecture approaches that emphasize individual link performance to a focus on maximizing aggregate throughput of node collections, even if this optimization is less ideal for individual links.