Project Number


Project Title

Open Virtualized WiMAX Base Station Node for GENI Wide-Area Wireless Deployments
a.k.a. WiMAX, WIMAX

Technical Contacts

Principal Investigator: Dipankar Raychaudhuri WINLAB, Rutgers University
Co-Principal Investigator: Sampath Rangarajan NEC Laboratories America
Technical Staff: Ivan Seskar WINLAB / Rutgers University

Participating Organizations

 NICTA, Alexandria, NSW, Australia
 WINLAB / Rutgers University, North Brunswick, NJ
 NEC Laboratories America, Princeton, NJ

Related Projects

 GENI Projects at WINLAB
 OMF (cOntrol and Management Framework)
 ORBIT Testbed

 ORBIT Design and Prototype
 WiMAX Design and Prototype

WiMAX campus deployment projects:
WiMAX at Columbia University
WiMAX at Polytechnic Institute of NYU
WiMAX at University of Colorado at Boulder
WiMAX at UMass Amherst
WiMAX at University of Wisconsin
WiMAX at BBN Technologies
WiMAX at Wayne State University

GPO Liaison System Engineer

Harry Mussman


The scope of work on this project is to leverage a commercial IEEE 802.16e WiMAX base station product to prototype an open, programmable and virtualizable base station node that could work over a metropolitan area and connect with off-the shelf WiMAX handsets and data cards. This includes the following steps:

1) Develop an open/virtualizable WiMAX base station with external control and data API’s.
2) Import a control framework from the Orbit project, and implement GENI-specific software on an external Linux-based PC controller for the WiMAX base station, demonstrating basic GENI compliance: virtualization, slice setup & resource management, L2/L3 programmability, and opt-in for off-the shelf terminals.
3) Integrate the GBSN with backhaul options to validate and demonstrate the total access networking solution, including VLAN connections to a GENI backbone network.
4) Demonstrate the GBSN capabilities in a phased manner, starting with controlled lab tests of each GENI feature and then migrating to a small-scale outdoor trial with off-the-shelf WiMAX terminal equipment.
5) Develop a deployment plan for multi-cell WiMAX services in GENI, including guidelines for site selection, frequency allocation, network backhaul and equipment/operating costs.

Operational Capabilities

The WiMAX base station at WINLAB is available to GENI users:
 ORBIT Getting Started
 ORBIT Testbed

 OMF User Guide

 OML Tutorial


WiMAX: 1a Delivery of two NEC Release 1 802.16e base stations (Completed early 10/20/08)  status
WiMAX: 1b Validate open API capabilities of the WiMAX base station (Completed early 02/28/09)  status
WiMAX: 1c Import a GENI-compliant control framework from the ORBIT project (Completed early 03/31/09)  status
WiMAX: 1d First release v1.0 of GENI base station node software (Completed late 11/16/09)  status
WiMAX: 1e Demo basic functionality of base station (Completed late 11/17/09)  status
WiMAX: 1f VLAN connections to the GENI backbone network (Completed late 03/04/10)  status

WiMAX: S2.a Outdoor WiMAX available to GENI users (Completed on time 11/16/09)
WiMAX: S2.b Cluster plan for VLANs between testbeds (Completed on time 11/16/09)
WiMAX: S2.c Demo main base station functions (Completed early 11/16/09)
WiMAX: S2.d Demo VLAN connection to backbone (Completed early 03/04/10)
WiMAX: S2.e Federate with other cluster testbeds (Due 03/16/10 (late))
WiMAX: S2.f WiMAX client platforms study (Completed early 03/16/10)
WiMAX: S2.g Integrate latest OMF code (Completed on time 07/20/10)
WiMAX: S2.h Demo experiments with multiple testbeds (Completed on time 07/20/10)
WiMAX: S2.i Testbed available to GENI users (Completed on time 07/20/10)
WiMAX: S2.j Release v2.0 of basestation code for first WIMAX kits (Due 07/15/10 (late))
WiMAX: S2.k GMOC access to WIMAX operating data (Due 08/31/10 (late))
WiMAX: S2.l POC to GENI response team (Completed late 09/01/10)
WiMAX: S2.m POC to GENI security team (Completed late 09/01/10)
WiMAX: S2.n Contribution to GENI outreach (Due 08/31/10 (late))

WiMAX: S3.a Demonstration at GEC9 and Experimenter Outreach (Completed on time 11/05/10)
WiMAX: S3.b Documentation and Code Release (Due 11/18/10 (late))
WiMAX: S3.c Demonstration at GEC10 and Experimenter Outreach (Due 03/05/11 (late))
WiMAX: S3.d Documentation and Code Release (Due 04/05/11 (late))
WiMAX: S3.e Demonstration at GEC11 and Experimenter Outreach (Due 07/31/11 (late))
WiMAX: S3.f Final report and code release (Due 08/15/11 (late))

Status Reports and Demonstrations

WiMAX: 4Q08 Status Report
WiMAX: 1Q09 Status Report
 WiMAX: 2Q09 Status Report
 WiMAX: Review on June 28, 2009

 Spiral 2 Review

 GEC9 ParkNet Demo
[ Post-GEC9 Status Report]
[ Post-GEC10 Status Report]

Technical Documents

 GENI WiMAX Platform

 GENI WiMAX Project: System Engineering Summary
 API Specification for Virtualized WiMAX Basestation

 D. Raychaudhuri and Editors M. Gerla, “New architectures and disruptive technologies for the future internet: The wireless, mobile and sensor network perspective” Report of NSF Wireless Mobile Planning Group (WMPG) Workshop, August 2005
 Open Base Station Architecture Initiative
 “Android: An Open Handset Alliance Project"
 ”NEC’s broadband wireless access products”, NEC Corporation Technical White Paper
 “Wireless virtualization in GENI”, GDD-06-17, 2006
S. Paul, R. Yates, D. Raychaudhuri and J. Kurose, "The Cache-and-Forward Network Architecture for Efficient Mobile Content Delivery Services in the Future Internet", to appear in ITU-T Next Generation Networks (NGN) Conference, Geneva, May 2008.

Software Releases

WiMAX software is available at:

 WiMAX software


(see ORBIT connectivity section.)