A heterogeneous computing architecture is essential to facilitate intelligent network traffic control for a joint computation, communication, and collaborative caching optimization in 6G networks to provide stringent Quality of Experience (QoE) guarantees. In this paper, we consider a 6G integrated aerial-terrestrial network model where Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and terrestrial Remote Radio Heads (RRHs) jointly serve as heterogeneous Base Stations (hgNBs) of a Cloud Radio Access Network (HCRAN) serving different mobile user (UE) types. We propose a distributed heterogeneous computing platform (HCP) across the UAVs and terrestrial Base Stations (BSs) by utilizing their caching and cooperative communication capabilities. In order to preserve the privacy of the content of the UEs, we propose a 2-stage federated learning algorithm among the UEs, UAVs/BSs, and HCP to collaboratively predict the content caching placement by jointly considering traffic distribution, UE mobility and localized content popularity. An asynchronous weight updating method is adopted to avoid redundant learning transfer in the federated learning. Once the global model is learnt by the HCP, it transfers the learned model to the UEs to facilitate the much desired edge intelligence in the considered 6G tiny cell. The effectiveness of the proposal is evaluated by extensive numerical analysis.
- collaborative caching
- edge computing
- federated learning
- heterogeneouscomputing platform (HCP)
- unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)