Next Generation Wireless Systems

Next Generation Wireless Systems

MAC-on-MAC: A Spectrum Orchestrating Control Plane for Coexisting Wireless Systems

Project Sponsor:National Science Foundation
Collaborative Research Award #’s:
2030122, 2030134, and 2030063

Mac-on-Mac Architecture
Software-defined MAC control: Janise McNair (UF)
Bio-inspired spectrum sensing: Soumyajit Mandal (UF)
Spectrum Mapping: Wenye Wang (NCSU)
Spectrum Monitoring: Xin Wang (SUNY at SB)

Project Goal:
Wireless systems with different radio access technologies (RATs) are becoming packed tightly in the space of radio spectrum. The carrier frequency and channel bandwidth of these systems, however, are drastically different across the spectrum domain, e.g., the IEEE 802.11 family that operates at 900 MHz, 2.4/5 GHz, and 60 GHz (mm-wave) bands, the 3GPP 5G family that spans 6-100 GHz, and more. This project mitigates the incoherent and disassociated frequency bands of the multi-RAT coexisting environments by exploiting the potential of cross-layer design from the circuits of transmitter and receiver, to the MAC layer with an innovative MAC-on-MAC spectrum control plane. This project has four major thrusts: (i) design of innovative transmitter and receiver techniques for energy-efficient multi-band spectrum monitoring; (ii) using custom bio-inspired spectrum sensors to create a multi-band sensing solution; (ii) methods to acquire complete spectrum occupancy information with a limited number of measurements; (iii) algorithms for obtaining a sorted ranking of paths that map a data flow to a range of spectrum slips; and (iv) creating MAC-Flow, a flow based network protocol that is capable of handling networking demands from both upper and lower layer, for both traditional user frames and for MAC-on-MAC controller processed frames.

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