Robust Millimeter Wave Metropolitan Mesh Network
Project Award Date: 04-18-2007
Millimeter wave (70-90 GHz) wireless link technology is deployed for short distances, those less than one mile, and at high rates, e.g., 1 Gb/s. Radios at these carrier frequencies are now being considered for longer distances, six to ten miles, to support expanding high-speed metropolitan services and applications, such as backhaul of cellular traffic and front-haul umbilical facilities for Distributed Antenna systems (DAS). ITTC research will conduct experiments to determine the impact of localized weather patterns, such as thunderstorms, on network performance for longer millimeter wave links. This will help evaluate the potential of millimeter wave links in mesh and hybrid diversity topologies. This research will also serve as a preliminary investigation of novel network signaling and routing techniques that permit end-to-end communication even when local impairments severely impact individual links. At the conclusion of this research, the understanding of the feasibility of millimeter wave (70-90 GHz) wireless link technology will be enhanced. This effort will lay the foundation for continued research to determine specific mechanisms; e.g., management and control, for millimeter wave mesh networks.
Faculty Investigator(s): Victor Frost (PI), Gary Minden, James Sterbenz, Alexander Wyglinski, Donna Tucker
Student Investigator(s): Dallas Smith, Vinaykumar Muralidharan, Bharatwajan Raman, Abdul Jabbar Mohammad, Justin Rohrer, Andrew Oberthaler, Jacob Foiles
Primary Sponsor(s): Sprint