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Bandwidth Estimation and Management for Mobile, Wireless Networks

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Department of Defense
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2001 / SBIR
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Scientific Systems Company, Inc
500 West Cummings Park - Ste 3000 Woburn, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Bandwidth Estimation and Management for Mobile, Wireless Networks
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: DAAB07-01-C-L709
Award Amount: $70,000.00


Bandwidth management in mobile, wireless networks is different and more difficult than in landline networks due to lower data rates, mobility, interference, and channel variability, which makes bandwidth dynamic instead of fixed over time. Furthermore,bandwidth allocations affect more users through increased noise levels or collision interference at neighboring nodes and inefficient bandwidth allocations lower network performance through unnecessary pre-emption blocking. To solve these problems wepropose innovative machine learning and analysis methods to obtain bandwidth estimates that account for mobility and variable channel conditions. We use these estimates to determine information and protocol steps for a full suite of robust, effectivebandwidth management protocols supporting allocation, channel sharing, reservation, and Quality of Service. We build on our work in designing a WIreless NEtwork Simulation (WINES) that provides simple mobility and channel models along with flexible,parameterizablemodels of many proposed mobile, wireless routing methods. We will be assisted in this effort by Sonia Fahmy of Purdue University, an expert in IP and ATM approaches to bandwidth reservation, allocation, and Quality of Service. We will alsobe assisted by BBN Technologies, who developed the Internet and have an extensive track record in development of innovative mobile wireless technologies.This effort will provide effective means for bandwidth allocation for mobile, wireless networks (andother IP networks for which the problem are simpler) operating in harsh conditions where users contend forscarce bandwidth. Immediate applications include military networks and civilian emergency communications networks. Bluetooth, a new standard for lowpower wireless communications will result in new applications for mobile, self organizing, wireless networks that must adapt to and carry out prescribed functions in widely variable conditions. The methods developed here will prove applicable to thosenetworks and help propel their widespread acceptance for industrial, home, and personal applications.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Perloff
Senior Research Engineer

Business Contact:

Raman Mehra
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500 West Cummings Park Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 043053085
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No