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Virtual distributed testbed for optimisation and coexistence of heterogeneous systems

Objective

The renown beyond 3G scenario depicts a diverse wireless networking world of network-of-wireless-networks accommodating a variety of radio technologies and mobile service requirements in a seamless manner. The achievement of this vision raises significant research challenges in view of system coexistence; system scale; network robustness requirements; and evaluation tool design and modelling.

The UNITE platform aims to address the aforementioned research challenges:
-Implementing an efficient, accurate and scalable Virtual Disrtibuted Testbed (VDT) to support cross-system and cross-layer optimisation of heterogeneous systems in a unified manner.
-Through the use of the VDT, to investigate, design and evaluate cross-layer and cross-system interactions, between next generation radio protocols without neglecting important real-system details.

The existence of a Pan-European VDT is considered a true innovation and will offer the following beneficial attributes on a European scale:
-Open Structure: Existing and future standards can be realised on the UNITE platform.
-Modular design: An end-user transparent framework with 'plug and play' features to support algorithmic testing in a Beyond 3G heterogeneous environment.
-Extendibility: The open structure ensures that redeveloping and extension can easily be achieved.
-Scalability: The scale of the air-interface technologies can be configured freely so that the cost of system devices can be minimised.
-Easy to update and maintain.
-Support design life-cycle optimisation; the impact of the software design methodology, and hardware implementation on protocol design can be evaluated.
-A Framework to allow design and evaluation of cross-system and cross-layer optimisation algorithms.
-UNITE framework will support a comprehensive iterative optimisation methodology, which will attain an optimised radio access network solution in view of E2E (End-to-End) performance.

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
Address

GU2 7XH Guildford
United Kingdom

Participants (9)

COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE
France
Address
31-33 Rue De La Federation
75752 Paris Cedex 15
FRANCE TELECOM SA
France
Address
Place D Alleray 6
75015 Paris
INSTITUT EURECOM
France
Address
2229 Route Des Cretes - Sophia Antipolis
Valbonne
INSTITUTO DE TELECOMUNICACOES
Portugal
Address
Avenida De Rovisco Pais
Lisboa
NATIONAL CENTRE FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH "DEMOKRITOS"
Greece
Address
Patriarchou Gregoriou Street
15310 Aghia Paraskevi Attikis
PDM E FC PROJECTO DESENVOLVIMENTO MANUTENCAO FORMACAO E CONSULTADORIA LDA
Portugal
Address
Rua Amadeu De Sousa Cardoso 20 1 Dto
Lisboa
ROHDE & SCHWARZ GMBH&CO KOMMANDITGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
Address
Muehldorfstrasse 15
81671 Muenchen
SIGINT SOLUTIONS LTD
Cyprus
Address
Archangelou 41, Strovolos
2057 Nicosia
UNIVERSITY OF AEGEAN
Greece
Address
Administration Building, University Hill
81100 Mytilini, Lesvos