5th International ICST Conference on Cognitive Radio Oriented Wireless Networks and Communications

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Architectures for cognitive radio testbeds and demonstrators - An overview

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.CROWNCOM2010.9290,
        author={Oscar Gustafsson and Kiarash Amiri and Dennis Andersson and Anton Blad and Christian Bonnet and Joseph R. Cavallaro and Jeroen Declerck and Antoine Dejonghe and Patrik Eliardsson and Miguel Glasse and Aawatif Hayar and Lieven Hollevoet and Chris Hunter and Madhura Joshi and Florian Kaltenberger and Raymond Knopp and Khanh Le and Zoran Miljanic and Patrick Murphy and Frederik Naessens and Navid Nikaein and Dominique Nussbaum and Renaud Pacalet and Praveen Raghavan and Ashutosh Sabharwal and Onkar Sarode and Predrag Spasojevic and Yang Sun and Hugo M. Tullberg and Tom Vander Aa and Liesbet Van der Perre and Michelle Wetterwald and Michael  Wu},
        title={Architectures for cognitive radio testbeds and demonstrators - An overview},
        proceedings={5th International ICST Conference on Cognitive Radio Oriented Wireless Networks and Communications},
        keywords={Cognitive radio Computer architecture Digital signal processing Field programmable gate arrays Hardware Process control Software},
  • Oscar Gustafsson
    Kiarash Amiri
    Dennis Andersson
    Anton Blad
    Christian Bonnet
    Joseph R. Cavallaro
    Jeroen Declerck
    Antoine Dejonghe
    Patrik Eliardsson
    Miguel Glasse
    Aawatif Hayar
    Lieven Hollevoet
    Chris Hunter
    Madhura Joshi
    Florian Kaltenberger
    Raymond Knopp
    Khanh Le
    Zoran Miljanic
    Patrick Murphy
    Frederik Naessens
    Navid Nikaein
    Dominique Nussbaum
    Renaud Pacalet
    Praveen Raghavan
    Ashutosh Sabharwal
    Onkar Sarode
    Predrag Spasojevic
    Yang Sun
    Hugo M. Tullberg
    Tom Vander Aa
    Liesbet Van der Perre
    Michelle Wetterwald
    Michael Wu
    Year: 2010
    Architectures for cognitive radio testbeds and demonstrators - An overview
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.CROWNCOM2010.9290
Oscar Gustafsson1,*, Kiarash Amiri2, Dennis Andersson3, Anton Blad1, Christian Bonnet4, Joseph R. Cavallaro2, Jeroen Declerck5, Antoine Dejonghe5, Patrik Eliardsson3, Miguel Glasse5, Aawatif Hayar4, Lieven Hollevoet5, Chris Hunter2, Madhura Joshi6, Florian Kaltenberger4, Raymond Knopp4, Khanh Le6, Zoran Miljanic6, Patrick Murphy2, Frederik Naessens5, Navid Nikaein4, Dominique Nussbaum4, Renaud Pacalet4,7, Praveen Raghavan5, Ashutosh Sabharwal2, Onkar Sarode6, Predrag Spasojevic6, Yang Sun2, Hugo M. Tullberg3, Tom Vander Aa5, Liesbet Van der Perre5, Michelle Wetterwald4, Michael Wu2
  • 1: Department of Electrical Engineering, Linköping University, Sweden
  • 2: Center for Multimedia Communication, Rice University, USA
  • 3: Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), Linköping, Sweden
  • 4: Mobile Communications Department, Eurecom, Sophia Antipolis, France
  • 5: IMEC, Belgium
  • 6: WINLAB (Wireless Information Network Laboratory), Rutgers University, USA
  • 7: System on Chip Laboratory, Telecom ParisTech, Sophia Antipolis, France
*Contact email: oscarg@isy.liu.se


Wireless communication standards are developed at an ever-increasing rate of pace, and significant amounts of effort is put into research for new communication methods and concepts. On the physical layer, such topics include MIMO, cooperative communication, and error control coding, whereas research on the medium access layer includes link control, network topology, and cognitive radio. At the same time, implementations are moving from traditional fixed hardware architectures towards software, allowing more efficient development. Today, field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and regular desktop computers are fast enough to handle complete baseband processing chains, and there are several platforms, both open-source and commercial, providing such solutions. The aims of this paper is to give an overview of five of the available platforms and their characteristics, and compare the features and performance measures of the different systems.