Real-world experimentation of distributed DSA network algorithms

Oscar Tonelli, Gilberto Berardinelli, Fernando Menezes Leitão Tavares, Andrea Fabio Cattoni, Petar Popovski, Troels Bundgaard Sørensen, Preben Mogensen

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The problem of spectrum scarcity in uncoordinated and/or heterogeneous wireless networks is the key aspect driving the research in the field of flexible management of frequency resources. In particular, distributed dynamic spectrum access (DSA) algorithms enable an efficient sharing of the available spectrum by nodes in a network, without centralized coordination. While proof-of-concept and statistical validation of such algorithms is typically achieved by using system level simulations, experimental activities are valuable contributions for the investigation of particular aspects such as a dynamic propagation environment, human presence impact and terminals mobility. This chapter focuses on the practical aspects related to the real world-experimentation with distributed DSA network algorithms over a testbed network. Challenges and solutions are extensively discussed, from the testbed design to the setup of experiments. A practical example of experimentation process with a DSA algorithm is also provided.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvolution of Cognitive Networks and Self-Adaptive Communication Systems
Number of pages27
PublisherIGI global
Publication date2013
ISBN (Print)9781466641891, 1466641894
ISBN (Electronic) 9781466641907
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Testbed
  • Software Platform
  • Cognitive Radio
  • Experimental Investigation
  • Dynamic Spectrum Allocation
  • Software Defined Radio


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