Designing a CR Test bed: Practical Issues

Andrea Fabio Cattoni, Jakob Lindbjerg Buthler, Oscar Tonelli, Luiz A. Da Silva, Joao Paulo Cruz Lopez Miranda, Paul Sutton, Floriana Loredana Crespi, Sergio Benco, Alberto Perotti, Daniel Riviello

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Research on intelligent and reconfigurable wireless systems is in continuous evolution. Nevertheless, in order to fix some keystones, more and more researchers are entering the idea of research-oriented test beds. Unfortunately, it is very difficult for a wide number of research groups to start with their own set up, since the potential costs and efforts could not pay back in term of expected research results. Software Defined Radio solutions offer an easy way to communication researchers for the development of customized research test beds. While several hardware products are commercially available, the software is most of the times open source and ready to use for third party users. Even though the software solution developers claim complete easiness in the development of custom applications, in reality there are a number of practical hardware and software issues that research groups need to face, before they are up and running in generating results. With this chapter we would like to provide a tutorial guide, based on direct experience, on how to enter in the world of test bed-based research, providing both insight on the issues encountered in every day development, and practical solutions. Finally, an overview on common research-oriented software products for SDR development, namely GNU Radio, Iris, and ASGARD, will be provided, including how to practically start the software development of simple applications. Finally, best practices and examples of all the software platforms will be provided, giving inspiration to researchers on how to possibly build their own customized systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCognitive Radio and Networking for Heterogeneous Wireless Networks : Recent Advances and Visions for the Future
EditorsAndrea Fabio Cattoni, Luca De Nardis, Jocelyn Fiorina, Faouzi Bader, Maria-Gabriella Di Benedetto
PublisherSpringer VS
Publication date31 Jul 2014
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-01717-4
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2014
SeriesSignals and Communication Technology


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