ITTC Project


Robust Wireless Mesh Networking Research Extension to 23 GHz

Project Award Date: 10-11-2007



Description

Millimeter-wave (Mmw) wireless link technology is deployed up to one mile at high data rates, approximately 1 Gb/s. Radios at these carrier frequencies are being considered for longer distances, up to 10 miles, to support expanding high-speed metropolitan services. Mmw technology could aid applications such as backhaul of cellular traffic and front haul umbilical facilities for Distributed Antenna systems (DAS).

ITTC in collaboration with the KU Department of Geography will determine the correlation of localized weather patterns, such as thunderstorms, and impacts on network performance for longer millimeter wave links. Research will establish a framework to evaluate the potential of Mmw links in mesh and hybrid diversity topologies. A preliminary investigation will examine 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 industry ill be in a better position to determine the feasibility of Mmw wireless link technology. It will have the basis to evaluate its suitability in mesh topologies. Continued research will determine specific mechanisms, e.g., management and control, for millimeter wave mesh networks.


Investigators

Faculty Investigator(s): Victor Frost (PI), Gary Minden, James Sterbenz, Donna Tucker

Student Investigator(s): Andrew Oberthaler, Dallas Smith, Abdul Jabbar Mohammad, Justin Rohrer


Project Sponsors


Primary Sponsor(s): Sprint Corp.


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