Dynamic Cross-Layer Design for Robust Cognitive Networking with Physical Channel and Delay Awareness

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-12-C-0228
Agency Tracking Number: O2-1219
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD10-AN1
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
MD, Suite 400, Rockville, MD, 20855-2737
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Yalin Sagduyu
 Research Scientist
 (301) 294-5267
Business Contact
 Mark James
Title: Director, Contracts and P
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Email: mjames@i-a-i.com
Research Institution
We propose to develop a complete end-to-end Cognitive Radio nEtworking ArchiTecturE (CREATE) that adapts the network protocol stack for spectrum dominance and interoperability of heterogeneous communications systems across terrestrial, aerial, and space domains. The integrated cross-layer design solutions will be validated via extensive experimentation and software-defined-radio prototyping within an emulated airborne network environment. CREATE facilitates joint optimization of routing and dynamic spectrum allocation to balance the throughput-delay trade-offs with security and energy objectives under realistic physical channel effects. Robust network adaptation is supported by asynchronous and distributed spectrum negotiation and coordination channels that balance different exploration-exploitation trade-offs involving network stability and spectrum agility objectives. Since cognitive radio networks offer several dimensions of tunable actions including channel, power, rate, and route selection, we develop a repeatable and high-fidelity Network Emulation Simulation Testbed (NEST) capability to understand and evaluate the physical channel and dynamic spectrum effects in cognitive radio networks. Based on Radio Frequency Network Emulator Simulator Tool, RF-NEST, real signals are sent over emulated channels to generate realistic physical channel effects. Supporting dynamic topology, mobility and traffic patterns, CREATE NEST will facilitate flexible and low-cost design, test and prototyping of large-scale multi-hop CR networks with automated spectral agility.

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