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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

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.


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

Project Technical Documents

"GENI WiMAX Project: System Engineering Summary"

  1. 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, at

Open Base Station Architecture Initiative, at:

“Android: An Open Handset Alliance Project”, at:

”NEC’s broadband wireless access products”, NEC Corporation Technical White Paper,
“Wireless virtualization in GENI”, GDD-06-17, 2006, at

  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

Spiral 1 Connectivity

Links to wiki pages about details of infrastructure that the project is using go here. Examples include IP addresses, hostnames, URLs, DNS servers, local site network maps, VLAN IDs (if permanent VLANs are used), pointers to public keys. May also include ticket links for pending or known connectivity issues. Many projects will have a full tree of wiki pages here.

Location of equipment:

Lab at WINLAB / Rutgers University, North Brunswick, NJ
There is no GENI equipment at NEC Labs.

Layer 3 connectivity

WiMAX will connect through WINLAB (see ORBIT connectivity section.)

Layer 2 connectivity

WiMAX will connect through WINLAB (see ORBIT connectivity section.)

IT contact at WINLAB: (see ORBIT IT contact.)

GPO Liason System Engineer

Harry Mussman

Related Projects

ORBIT Testbed
GENI Projects at WINLAB

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