The nation’s first open programmable advanced wireless research testbed
Testbed developed jointly with the University of Utah and Rice University
What Can You Test On the Testbed?
The POWDER-RENEW testbed enables innovative research across numerous technical areas including 5G radio development, Radio Access Network (RAN) architectures including split RAN architecture development, network orchestration models, Massive MIMO, and much more.
For academic researchers, the POWDER-RENEW platform offers an opportunity to gain access to valuable wireless infrastructure for experimentation in a scaled, real world environment. With a unique set of resources, the testbed enables both extended academic exploration, and the ability to do breakthrough research at the frontiers of wireless network study.
Wireless industry leaders should view the POWDER-RENEW platform as a sandbox for experimenting with equipment, software, and spectrum that may not be available within the commercial networks in which they operate. The platform is a neutral site available for system integration, product evaluation, and feasibility studies. Particularly as the industry moves toward software-defined infrastructure – radio, network, and cloud – this platform provides a unique opportunity to test how new systems and technologies behave and interoperate in a real-world environment.
GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, OPEN SOURCE ORGANIZATIONS, & STANDARDS BODIES
The POWDER-RENEW team welcomes joint experimentation and partnership opportunities with other organizations working to advance wireless research. Among other efforts, the platform can be used to create virtual environments for ongoing development and testing of software stacks that are critical to the evolution of communications networking.