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|Testbed or cognitive component||Short description|
Iris is a software radio architecture that has been developed by the CTVR , built in C++, it is used for constructing complex radio structures and highly reconfigurable radio networks. Its primary research application is to conduct a wide range of dynamic spectrum access and cognitive radio experiments. It is a GPP-based radio architecture and uses XML documents to describe the radio structure. This test bed will be highly beneficial when conducting cognitive radio experiments as it allows us to simulate a wide range of networks as well as giving us a highly flexible architecture to manipulate based on intelligent observations made about its surroundings.
The LOG-a-TEC testbed is an outdoors site in the municipality of Logatec, Slovenia. LOG-a-TEC is an outdoor experimental facility supporting cognitive radio networking experimentation in ISM and TV bands. LOG-a-TEC is equipped with ~50 VESNA platforms and VSE-ISMTV boards grouped in two clusters – one in city center and one in the industrial zone. A small mirror, consisting of 10 nodes, is also available at JSI campus – this is typically used for testing before upgrading Log-a-tec.
The VESNA platform is a modular and fully flexible platform developed at the SensorLab @ Jozef Stefan Institute and is based on a high-performance microcontroller with ARM Cortex-M3. The VSE-ISMTV extension permits experimentation in ISM 868 MHz, ISM 2.4 GHz and TV 42 – 870 MHz. Each node is also equipped with a 2GB microSD card for storing predefined measurement configurations as well as measurement results. Each node is directly accessibile via web server with custom java application.
The testbed can be operated remotely through the LOG-a-TEC web portal. The user can select a cluster of VESNAs and configure them to perform sensing and/or transmission. As a result, the testbed is able to support sensing only experiments, transmission only experiments (excluding TV bands) and also transmission based on sensing results. The LOG-a-TEC web portal uses the GRASS-RaPlaT tool in order to (i) to provide the virtual experiment planning via simulation in order to ascertain the best setup before the actual execution in the testbed as well as (ii) to support the postprocessing and visualization of experimentation results.
|LTE/LTE advanced testbed||
Dresden’s LTE/LTE+ like testbed was set up in 2008 as part of the Easy-C project (www.easy-c.com).
The indoor lab features 5 eNBs and 4 UEs. While the hardware is stationary itself, the Tx and Rx antennas can be positioned anywhere in the lab room. Further, 4 additional UEs are mounted on studio racks / carts and can be moved within the building. The approximate transmit power is 15 dBm.
The outdoor lab consists of two base station sectors that are fixed on two opposing corners of the faculty building (Figure 4), approx. 150 m apart. In addition to the mobile indoor UEs from setup 1, 3 rickshaw UEs are available for outdoor experiments in the vicinity of the building. The transmit power is approximately 30 dBm.
The imec sensing enigne is a prototype implementation of a sensing engine for mobile communication devices. The prototype consists of two main blocks: an analog RF front-end including analog to digital conversion and a DIgital Front-end For Sensing (DIFFS). For permanent deployment in the w-iLab.t testbed a WARP board is selected as analog RF front-end, covering the 2.4 and 5 GHz ISM bands. An in house developed flexibele SCAlable raDIO (SCALDIO) is also tested in a lab environment, covering an RF input range from 0.1 up to 6 GHz and a channel bandwidth up to 40 MHz. The digital front-end is an ASIP specifically designed for sensing operations, signal conditioning and synchronization. The chip contains a flexible filter block, including re-sampling and a SIMD core, extended with multiple accelerator cores. Multiple sensing algorithms are implemented on the system, ranging from straight-forward energy detection schemes, over more complex feature detection (for e.g. DVB-T) to multiband energy detection after FFT leakage removal for OFDMA LTE signals.
The TKN Wireless Indoor Sensor Network Testbed (TWIST) is a multi-platform, hierarchical sensornetwork testbed architecture developed at the Technische Universität Berlin. One instance is currently deployed at TUB campus: a total of 204 sensor nodes (102 eyesIFX and 102 Tmote Sky nodes) are distributed in a 3D grid spanning 3 floors of an office building, resulting in more than 1500 m² of instrumented office space. Two nodes of each platform are deployed, while the larger ones (~28 m²) have four nodes. This setup results in a fairly regular grid deployment pattern with intra node distance of 3m. Within the rooms the sensor nodes are attached to the ceiling. The TWIST architecture introduces a layer of “super-nodes” (previous figure, right) between the sensor nodes and the testbed server, which manages sensor node reprogramming, configuration or accessing debug information over the serial connection. TWIST relies on COTS hardware and fully leverages the features of the USB 2.0 standard. The sensor nodes are connected to the super-nodes via USB hubs, which act as concentrators and also provide a power supply management capability. This enables active topology control and node fault injection modelling through selective powering on and off of nodes. TWIST is currently being extended by mobile robots which can be used for experiments that involve controlled mobility. At the end of CREW Year 1 (at the time of the first open call) one mobile robot can be used for local experiments.
The w-iLab.t allows flexible testing of the functionality and performance of wireless networking protocols and systems in a time-effective way, by providing hardware and the means to install and configure firmware and software on (a selection of) nodes, schedule automated experiments, and collect, visualize and process results. Thanks to an in-house designed hardware control device, unique features of the testbed include the triggering of repeatable digital or analog I/O events at the sensor nodes, real-time monitoring of the power consumption, and battery capacity emulation.
At a first location, the "w-iLab.t Office" consists of a wireless Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11a/b/g) and sensor network (IEEE 802.15.4) testbed infrastructure, deployed across three 90 m x 18 m floors of the iMinds office building in Ghent, Belgium. At 200 places throughout the office spaces, meeting rooms and corridors, wireless hardware is mounted to the ceiling.
In Zwijnaarde, Belgium, located approximately 5 km away from the "w-iLab.t Office", a second location is equipped with another 60 wireless nodes, with IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE802.15.4 and IEEE802.15.1 (Bluetooth) interfaces. The location also hosts software defined radio platforms (USRP) and spectrum scanning engines developed by imec.