NSF mmWave Project

NeTS: Small: Location, Location, Location: Maximizing Network Performance in the mmWave Era

NSF Project Number: CNS–1813242



This project is focused on location sensitivity of mmWave communication, i.e. that small changes in the location of the transmitter and/or receiver of a mmWave link can have dramatic impact on performance. The major goals are to quantify location sensitivity and to investigate ways in which location sensitivity can be exploited, both at network design time and during network operation, to improve the performance of mmWave networks. Among the techniques investigated to take advantage of location sensitivity are controlled mobility, multiple access points, and the use of relay nodes.


The project's activities are focused on two network scenarios for mmWave communication: 1) mmWave backhaul networks and 2) mmWave LAN (primarily in the indoor context). For mmWave backhaul networks, we have investigated design of high throughput relay-assisted backhaul networks in urban environments, analyzed the effects of obstacles on backhaul networks, and developed techniques for reconfiguration to provide survivability of backhaul networks in the presence of dynamic obstacles. For mmWave LAN, we investigated access point (AP) mobility and the use of multiple APs to exploit location sensitivity. These activities primarily involved mathematical analyses and a combination of Matlab and ns-3 simulations. For the access point mobility work, a prototype of a ceiling-mounted AP mobility platform was developed and used for evaluation purposes to complement the mathematical analyses and simulation results.

For more details on specific results associated with the above activities, see the project publications listed below. Papers that have already been published can be found through Google Scholar or on the PIs' Web sites (see above URLs) and most are available through the NSF Public Access Repository. For pre-prints of the other papers, contact the PIs.


The following publications were produced with partial or full support from this NSF award.

Some earlier publications related to the project:

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