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WiMAX Meso-Scale Deployment Integration

1. 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

Open GENI WiMAX Base Station Kit for Campus Deployments
WIMAX Design and Prototype
ORBIT Design and Prototype

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

Process for updating Milestones, submitting QSRs

2. Meetings and Demos

Suggested mailing lists for Cluster E and WIMAX Integration participants:
GENI mailing lists, including the dev, discuss and geni-announce lists, plus working groups that cover your interests.
mail to for PIs. / subscribe / mailman archieve
mail to for users / subscribe / mailman archieve

WiMAX Base Station Demo at GEC 6, November 17, 2009

Cluster E and WiMAX Deployment Call on February 8, 2010
[ Cluster E and WiMAX Deployment Call on March 1, 2010]
Cluster E and WiMAX Deployment Meetings at GEC7 March 16 and 17, 2010
[ "WiMAX Base Station Demo at GEC 7, March 16, 2010"]

3. References and Documents

WiMAX Concepts and RF Measurements, IEEE 802.16-2004 WiMAX PHY layer operation and measurements, Hewlett Packard Application Note
WiMAX Forum
WiMAX Forum Technical Specifications
WiMAX Forum Network Architecture Release 1.0 Version 4 - Stage 2: Architecture Tenets, Reference Model and Reference Points
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.

OMF (cOntrol and Management Framework)
ORBIT Testbed
Current OMF documents
Cluster E Overview Drawing
ORBIT diagram
ORBIT Connectivity
(WiMAX connectivity from WINLAB follows ORBIT connectivity)
OML is a measurement library developed in the context of OMF.
OML Overview (wiki)
OML Overview (slides)

4. System Engineering

Ongoing WiMAX standards work is done by the WiMAX Forum

See, for example, the WiMAX Forum Technical Specifications

An overview of WiMAX network architecture is presented in WiMAX Forum Network Architecture Release 1.0 Version 4 - Stage 2: Architecture Tenets, Reference Model and Reference Points, including:

Fig 6-1) Network Reference Model

Fig 6-2) ASN Reference Model

An overview of the GENI WiMAX project is presented in: GENI WiMAX Project: System Engineering Summary

5. Kit and Campus Deployment Plans

5.1 Kit Plan

The WiMAX Kit Project (1753) divided up projects tasks this way:

The WiMAX Kit Project (1753) established this high-level schedule:

5.2 Kit Status

Kit Ordered Received Delivered Where Note
1a 2009 2009 2009 Rutgers WINLAB p/o ORBIT testbed

5.3 Kit Issues

5.4 Campus Deployment Plan

The GENI D&P WiMAX Infrastructure Buildout summarizes the entire plan.

It includes a map of the participating campuses:

And a list of involved researchers and IT leaders:

The WiMAX Kit Project (1753) outlined the usage plans for each campus:

5.5 Campus Deployment Status

Step Description BBN Colu Poly UCLA Colo UMass Wisc
1 Identify Outdoor Site on Campus - - - - - - -
2 Obtain FCC License - - - - - - -
3 Identify Indoor Equipment Room on Campus - - - - - - -
4 Install Wiring at Outdoor Site and to Indoor Equipment Room - - - - - - -
5 Install Pole at Outdoor Site and Ground - - - - - - -
6 Install Antenna at Outdoor Site - - - - - - -
7 Install Base Station Outdoor Unit - - - - - - -
8 Complete Wiring at Outdoor Site and to Indoor Equipment Room - - - - - - -
9 Install Indoor Equipment Racks and Ground - - - - - - -
10 Install 120VAC and -48VDC Power Feeds and/or Supplies - - - - - - -
11 Install Base Station Indoor Unit - - - - - - -
12 Complete Wiring of Base Station Indoor Unit - - - - - - -
13 Initial Check-Out of Antenna and Base Station Outdoor and Indoor Units - - - - - - -
14 Install Ethernet (VLAN) Switch, or Identify Existing Capacity - - - - - - -
15 Install Linux Server(s) and Software - - - - - - -
16 Connect Backbone Network - - - - - - -
17 Provide Reference Client Platform - - - - - - -
18 Initial Check-Out of Campus WiMAX Testbed - - - - - - -

5.6 Campus Deployment Issues

6. WiMAX Campus Deployment Kit

Fig 1-1) System Overview

6.1 Configuration

Fig 1-2a) Hardware and Networking

6.2 NEC Hardware

Fig 1-2b) NEC BTS, ODU and Antenna

6.3 -48VDC Power


6.4 Software Modules

Fig 1-3a) Software

6.5 Messages and APIs

Fig 1-3b) Messages and APIs

6.6 Virtualization

Fig 1-4) Virtualization

6.7 Control and Management

Fig 1-5) Control and Management

6.8 Kit Bill of Materials

WiMAX base station kit items provided by NEC, through Rutgers WINLAB:

NEC 2.5GHz SECTOR ANT: NWA-025035-001
Antenna, dual-polarization, omnidirectional antenna, for operation in the 2.5GHz range.

NEC 2.5GHz ODU: BS-ODU NWA-027932-001
Base Station Outdoor Unit, for connection to one antenna.

NEC IDU NWA-024297
Base Station Indoor Unit, equipped equipped for 1-Sector Configuration, with one Network Interface (NW INTFC) card and one Channel Card (CHC).

30m (approx 100ft) of dual fiber cable, rated for outdoor mounting, yellow SM, with connectors.

3ft (or as needed) LMR300 (or LMR400) coax, with N connectors.

x? lightning arrestors for use with ODU.

One server, loaded with ASN-GW and ORBIT Mangement Framework software, for use during installation and initial checkout, and perhaps for final operating configuration.

WiMAX Network Adaptors for PCs
From NEC or Intel, approximately 20.
Value: $2500
WIMAX Handsets
From ?, approximately 5
Value: $2500
Items provided by campus:
Zero to three Servers, for loading with ASN-GW and ORBIT Mangement Framework software, for final operating configuration.
Value: 3x $1600 = $4800

Ethernet switch ports for multiple VLANs.
OpenFlow compatible switch desired
Value: 25% x $10,000 = $2500
PC-based design underway that utilizes FPGA card, total value: $1300 + $400 = $1700.

Two -48VDC power supplies, for Base Station Outdoor and Indoor Units.
Value: 2x $500 = $1000
Mount power supply in weathertight box (see UMass AMherst) near ODU, or run cable to indoor power supply.

Outdoor site, with pole for mounting of antenna and Base Station Outdoor Unit.
Value: $500
Indoor site, with racks, for mounting of Base Station Indoor Unit and Linux Servers.
Value: $200
Additional dual fiber cable, rated for outdoor mounting, yellow SM, with connectors, if run exceeds 30m (approx 100ft).

6.9 Kit Delivery and Release Plan

6.10 Kit Issues

7. WiMAX Client Platforms


8. WiMAX Campus Installation and Deployment


9. WiMAX Experiments

9.1 Standalone Operation using OMF

ORBIT Experiments (getting started)

9.2 Instrumentation and Measurements using OML

9.3 Multiple Experiments using Virtualization

9.4 Customizing Experiements using Programmability

9.5 Federation with Other Testbeds

ORBIT to PlanetLab Interoperability

9.6 Demo A: Application Deployed on Federated WiMAX Tetsbeds on Multiple Campuses

9.7 Demo B: Research Experiment Utilizing WiMAX Basestaion Kit and WiMAX Clients

9.8 Demo C: Virtualization of WiMAX Testbeds ot Accomodate Applications and Research Experiments

9.9 GEC6 Demo:

9.10 GEC7 Demo:

9.11 GEC8 Demo:

9.12 GEC9 Demo:

9.10 Experiment Plan

9.11 Experiment Issues

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