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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.

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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF SURREY

Address

United Kingdom

Administrative Contact

Participants (9)

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COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE

France

FRANCE TELECOM SA

France

INSTITUT EURECOM

France

INSTITUTO DE TELECOMUNICACOES

Portugal

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH "DEMOKRITOS"

Greece

PDM E FC PROJECTO DESENVOLVIMENTO MANUTENCAO FORMACAO E CONSULTADORIA LDA

Portugal

ROHDE & SCHWARZ GMBH&CO KOMMANDITGESELLSCHAFT

Germany

SIGINT SOLUTIONS LTD

Cyprus

UNIVERSITY OF AEGEAN

Greece

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 026906

  • Start date

    1 February 2006

  • End date

    31 January 2009

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 956 280

  • EU contribution

    € 2 900 000

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF SURREY

United Kingdom