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Implementation of OpenAirInterface-based real-world channel measurement for evaluating wireless transmission algorithms

Qiuheng Zhou; Wei Jiang (Hrsg.)
Workshop on Next Generation Networks and Applications (NGNA-2020), December 14-18, Kaiserslautern, Germany, TU Kaiserslautern, 2020.


The fourth-generation Wireless Technology (4G) has been adopted by all major operators in the world and has already ruled the cellular landscape for around a decade. A lot of researches and new technologies are being considered as potential elements contributing to the next generation wireless communcation (5G). The lack of realistic and flexible experimentation platforms for collecting real communication data has limited and slowed the landing of new approaches. Software Defined Radio (SDR) can provide flexible, upgradable, and long lifetime radio equipment for the wireless communications infrastructure, which can also provide more flexible and possibly cheaper multi-standard-terminals for end users. By altering the open-source code individually, we can freely perform the real value measurement. This paper provides a real Long Term Evolution (LTE) channel measurement method based on the OpenAirInterface (OAI) for the evaluation of the channel prediction algorithm. Firstly, the experimentation platform will be established by using OAI, Universal Software Radio Peripheral (USRP), and commercial User Equipment (UE). Then, some source codes of OAI are analyzed and changed, so that the real-time over-the-air channel measurement can be achieved. The results from the measurement are then trained and tested on the channel prediction algorithm. The results of the test illustrate that the implemented channel measurement method can meet the need for algorithms verification and can be further extended for more development of algorithms.