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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 Ivan Seskar

Participating Organizations

Participating Organizations

GENI Projects at WINLAB
WINLAB / Rutgers University, North Brunswick, NJ
NICTA, Alexandria, NSW, Australia

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.

Current Capabilities

(At end of Spiral 1)


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

MilestoneDate(WiMAX: S2.a Outdoor WiMAX available to GENI users)?
MilestoneDate(WiMAX: S2.b Cluster plan for VLANs between testbeds)?
MilestoneDate(WiMAX: S2.c Demo main base station functions)?
MilestoneDate(WiMAX: S2.d Demo VLAN connection to backbone)?
MilestoneDate(WiMAX: S2.e Federate with other cluster testbeds)?
MilestoneDate(WiMAX: S2.f WiMAX client platforms study)?
MilestoneDate(WiMAX: S2.g Integrate latest OMF code)?
MilestoneDate(WiMAX: S2.h Demo experiments with multiple testbeds)?
MilestoneDate(WiMAX: S2.i Testbed available to GENI users)?
MilestoneDate(WiMAX: S2.j Release v2.0 of basestation code for first WIMAX kits)?
MilestoneDate(WiMAX: S2.k GMOC access to WIMAX operating data)?
MilestoneDate(WiMAX: S2.l POC to GENI response team)?
MilestoneDate(WiMAX: S2.m POC to GENI security team)?
MilestoneDate(WiMAX: S2.n Contribution to GENI outreach)?

Project Technical Documents

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

  1. 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.

Quarterly Status Reports

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

Spiral 2 Connectivity

(see ORBIT connectivity section.)

Participating Projects

(Campus WiMAX deployment projects)
WiMAX Design and Prototype
ORBIT Design and Prototype
GENI Projects at WINLAB

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