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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

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 deployment projects:
WiMAX at BBN Technologies
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


GENI Projects at WINLAB

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