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  1. Dynamic Spectrum Access in the Time Domain: Modeling and Exploiting White Space Stefan Geirhofer and Lang Tong, Cornell University Brian M. Sadler, United States Army Research Laboratory IEEE Communications Magazine 2007 Speaker: Chun Hsu 許君

  2. Outline • Introduction • Sensing Methods: An Experimental Testbed • Modeling White Space: A Statistical Approach • Deriving Access Schemes: A Practical Example • Conclusion • Comments

  3. Introduction • Spectrum scarcity is not a result of heavy usage of the spectrum; it is merely due to the inefficiency of the static frequency allocation. • Dynamic spectrum access (DSA) resolves this paradox by opening frequency bands to secondary users, provided that interference to the actual licensee is kept insignificant. • The majority of research, so far, has focused on DSA in the spatial domain.

  4. Introduction – Hierarchical Access Model • This article focuses on • applying this concept in the time domain by exploiting idle periods between bursty transmissions of multi-access communication channels • addresses WLAN as an example of practical importance. • Hierarchical Access Model • The basic idea is to open licensed spectrum to secondary users and limit the interference perceived by primary users. • Based on Hierarchical Access Model, they design the cognitive radio so that both systems are orthogonal.

  5. Introduction – Motivating example (1/2) a) Complex baseband signal of an 802.11b-WLAN supporting a Skype conference call b) enlarged view of two subsequent packet transmissions

  6. Introduction – Motivating example (1/2) • The existence of sufficient white space raises the questions: • How to exploit this resource in practice? • How complicated is a model that provides adequate prediction performance? • Given a model, how do we apply it to derive practical access schemes for the secondary system? • Are such schemes amenable to a real-time implementation, possibly on a battery powered device with processing limitations?

  7. Sensing Methods – Testbed VSA, Vector Signal Analyser: do signal measurement and characterization

  8. Sensing Methods – Sensing Strategies • The strategies for detecting busy and idle periods can be classified according to whether the primary user’s transmission standard is known. • Energy-based detection • Feature-based detection • improve the detection performance by exploiting standard specifics. • For the 802.11b, we can find the start of packets by locking onto the synchronization preamble of the transmitted packets. • By decoding the LENGTH field within the preamble, we can find the exact packet duration.

  9. Modeling White Space • Based on the data collected from testbed, they develop a statistical model that allows us to predict the channel’s behavior. Two components: • The states of the channel and their transition behavior • How long the system resides in each of the states No packet transmission

  10. Modeling White Space - Occupancy Durations • The sojourn time in the TRANSMIT state is primarily affected by the traffic characteristics and the scheduler employed in the adapter cards and the wireless router. • IDLE state • either due to the contention window or a truly free channel • This suggests a mixture distribution. • the contention period shows an almost uniformly distributed sojourn time • a free state exhibits heavy-tailed behavior that is well approximated by a generalized Pareto distribution.

  11. Modeling White Space - Goodness-of-fit analysis for constant payload UDP traffic Hyper-Erlang provide a viable approximation to fat-tailed distribution which leads to the self-similar traffic.

  12. Modeling White Space – goodness-of-fit analysis for Non-stationary traffic Significant Level α The Kolmogorov-Smirnov test (KS-test) tries to determine if two datasets differ significantly.

  13. Bluetooth/WLAN Coexistence • The coexistence between Bluetooth and WLAN in the unlicensed ISM band is of significant practical concern, • because mutual interference can severely limit the performance of both systems. • ISM band around 2.4GHz • Adaptive Frequency Hopping • The sensing and classification of channels according to their interference. • The adaptation of the hopping sequence such that “bad” channels are avoided whenever possible.

  14. Bluetooth 1.0-1.1 2.484 CH14(JPN) 2.472 CH13 2.412 CH1 Collisions resulting from random frequency hopping Adapting to the environment

  15. Bluetooth 1.2 and beyond 1.2 - Adaptive Frequency Hopping 2.484 CH14(JPN) 2.472 CH13 2.412 CH1 Collisions avoided using Adaptive Frequency Hopping

  16. Enhanced Hopping Scheme • At the beginning of each slot, the current channel is sensed. • If the presence of a WLAN packet is detected, no transmission takes place since this inevitably would lead to a collision. • If no WLAN packet is detected, a collision still can occur if the WLAN becomes active during the subsequent slot. • By initiating a transmission only with a certain probability γ <=1, even if the channel is sensed idle. • The probability of collision depends on the WLAN traffic characteristics. • we employ our model to find the probability that conditioned on the channel having been idle for k slots. • By obtaining this probability, we can design γ such that collisions with the WLAN occur with a probability smaller than some interference constraint.

  17. Performance evaluation

  18. Conclusion • We addressed the problem of dynamically accessing spectrum in the time domain by taking advantage of white space. • The proposed model statistically captures the medium access of the WLAN but remains tractable enough to be used for deriving practical access schemes for the secondary user. • As an example, we have illustrated how our model could be used to enhance the coexistence between WLAN and Bluetooth in the unlicensed ISM band.

  19. Comments • The Heuristic Scheme is not defined clearly in this paper. • The general scheme should be taken into consideration to compare with the Heuristic Scheme in the simulation of collision probability.