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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 Projects and Organizations

OMF (cOntrol and Management Framework)
ORBIT Testbed
GENI Projects at WINLAB
WINLAB / Rutgers University, North Brunswick, NJ
NEC Laboratories America, Princeton, NJ


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.

Current Capabilities

The scope of work on this project is


MilestoneDate(WiMAX: 1a Delivery of two NEC Release 1 802.16e base stations)? status
MilestoneDate(WiMAX: 1b Validate open API capabilities of the WiMAX base station)? status
MilestoneDate(WiMAX: 1c Import a GENI-compliant control framework from the ORBIT project)? status
MilestoneDate(WiMAX: 1d First release v1.0 of GENI base station node software)? status
MilestoneDate(WiMAX: 1e Demo basic functionality of base station)? status
MilestoneDate(WiMAX: 1f VLAN connections to the GENI backbone network)? status

Project Technical Documents

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

Quarterly Status Reports

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

Spiral 1 Connectivity

(see ORBIT connectivity section.)

GPO Liason System Engineer

Harry Mussman

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