A 3GPP NR compliant beam management framework to simulate end-to-end mmwave networks

Carlos Herranz, David Martín-Sacristán, Menglei Zhang, Sundeep Rangan, Marco Mezzavilla, Jose F. Monserrat

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Abstract

The advent of the next iteration of mobile and wireless communication standards, the so called 5G, is already a reality. 3GPP released in December 2017 the first set of specifications of the 5G New Radio (NR), which introduced important innovations with respect to legacy networks. One of the main novelties is the use of very-high frequencies in the radio access, which requires highly-directional transmissions or beams to overcome the severe propagation losses. Therefore, it is paramount to manage these beams in an efficient manner in order to always choose the optimum set of beams. In this work, we describe the first NR-compliant beam management framework for the ns-3 network simulator. We aim at providing an open-source and fully-customizable solution to let the scientific community implement their solutions and assess their impact on the end-to-end network performance. Additionally, we describe the necessary modifications in ns-3 to align the radio frame structure to what the 3GPP standards mandate. Finally, we validate our results by running a simple mobility scenario.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMSWiM 2018 - Proceedings of the 21st ACM International Conference on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages119-125
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450359603
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 25 2018
Event21st ACM International Conference on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems, MSWiM 2018 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: Oct 28 2018Nov 2 2018

Publication series

NameMSWiM 2018 - Proceedings of the 21st ACM International Conference on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems

Other

Other21st ACM International Conference on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems, MSWiM 2018
CountryCanada
CityMontreal
Period10/28/1811/2/18

Keywords

  • 5G
  • Beam management
  • MmWave
  • NR
  • Ns-3
  • PHY

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Modeling and Simulation

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    Herranz, C., Martín-Sacristán, D., Zhang, M., Rangan, S., Mezzavilla, M., & Monserrat, J. F. (2018). A 3GPP NR compliant beam management framework to simulate end-to-end mmwave networks. In MSWiM 2018 - Proceedings of the 21st ACM International Conference on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems (pp. 119-125). (MSWiM 2018 - Proceedings of the 21st ACM International Conference on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3242102.3242117