Deliverables, Activities and Broader Impact

TurboRAN project will be completed in 5 phases, as illustrated in attached WBS. The description of each phase and activities therein and deliverables and broader impacts (BIs) associated with these activities are identified below.

Year 1

Year 1

Phase 1: Preparation and planning: Phase 1 of the TurboRAN project will revolve around preparations for the project and will include the following activities:
1. (BI) Launch of TurboRAN website including the draft blueprint of TurboRAN developed in proposal preparation phase.
2. (BI) Creation of a feedback form on the website for input from wider industry and CISE research community. This feedback form will ask for the type of data industry and academic community thinks needs to be made available to advance research on P-SON and CDSA and other research themes enabled by TurboRAN. These themes will be described on the website. Effort will be made to circulate this form to a large number academic and industry research groups working on pertinent topics. Any useful insights gained by this feedback collected through this channel will be then incorporated in implementation of TurboRAN. This effort will ensure that TurboRAN user interface allows easy access to the data needed by wider community, and not just the data envisioned by the project team. 3. Orienting GRAs to project goals, sites and vendors
4. Performing site surveys for infrastructure deployment
5. Comparative analysis of equipment and final selection
6. Drawing network and infrastructure deployment plans
7. Engaging with vendors and local industry collaborators to discuss deployment plans
8. Coordinating with international collaborators for input on TurboRAN blue print
9. Finalizing deployment plans including vendor and collaborator feedback
10. GRA 1 Training on mmWave theory, planning and deployment training
11. GRA 2 Training on packet core and CDSA

Phase 2: Procurement of hardware and software: Phase 2 of the TurboRAN project will cover the procurement of hardware and software components needed to develop the TurboRAN finalized in Phase 1 of the project and will include the following activities:
1. Finalize hardware procurement contracts
2. Finalize software procurement contracts
3. Hardware delivery
4. Software delivery
5. Hardware Inventory
6. Software Inventory
7. Testing hardware for functionality issues
8. Testing software functionality and compatibility issues

Phase 3: Installation of micro and small cells: Phase 3 of the TurboRAN project will encompass installation of the two outdoor cell tiers of the TurboRAN testbed. Additionally, Phase 3 will also include the initiation of the development process for mmWave cells. Phase 3 activities will include:
1. Power supply for micro cells and small cells
2. Fiber deployment for micro and small cell backhaul
Year 1 Deliverables:
1. GRA1 trained in mmWave theory
2. GRA2 trained in EPC/CDSA theory
3. TurboRAN finalized deployment plan (including hardware and software delivery dates)
4. Preliminary TurboRAN website with blueprint of TurboRAN
5. A detailed online form for feedback on the data needed/expected by community given TurboRAN blueprint.
Year 2

Year 2

Phase 3 (continued): Installation of micro and small cells 1. Installation of micro cell masts, antennas and baseband units
2. Installation of small cell fixtures, antennas and baseband units
3. Weather-proofing cell equipment
4. Software setup of micro and small cells
5. Cell connectivity checks.
6. (BI) Second round of engagement with collaborating and non-collaborating industrial and academic partners to gather input on future of mmWave cell and UE design
7. mmWave cell and UE development while incorporating the community input gathered in activity 8.

Phase 4: Installation of Nano cells, EPC and Hadoop cluster: In phase 4 work on indoor cells, core network and data processing unit will be initiated. Activities in Phase 4 will include:
1. Indoor power supply for Nano cells, EPC and Hadoop cluster
2. Indoor fiber deployment for Nano cells, EPC and Hadoop cluster connectivity
3. HF Nano cell setup.
4. (BI) Third round of engagement with collaborating and non-collaborating industrial and academic partners to gather input on future of EPC in context of CDSA and P-SON
5. Setup for commercial EPC and programming of open source EPC taking into account the input gathered in activity 4.
6. Hadoop cluster setup taking into account input gathered in activity 11 in Phase 1.
7. Network routing hardware setup.
8. Mobile hardware (UAVs and UGVs) setup for Nano cells and UEs
9. HF UE hardware and software setup.
10. mmWave front-end deployment to small cells, Nano cells and UEs
11. UE, Nano cell, EPC and Hadoop cluster connectivity tests
12. (BI) Hosting a workshop at OU where collaborating and non-collaborating stakeholders including (AT&T, US Cellular, Ericsson, Google, Samsung, Hauwei, NI and academic groups interested in pertinent research) will be invited. In this workshop, PI team will present a detailed overview of the TurboRAN status and vision of its future and research capabilities it can enable. This workshop will be organized with IEEE Comsoc sponsorship, as PI is Comsoc local chapter chair and already has budget to do such activity. Currently one such workshop is already being held ( In addition to informal feedback, a form will be created to gather participants’ feedback. Any useful insights from this feedback will be incorporated in Phase 5.
13. (BI) Call for participation in Consortium. In this workshop, PI will present and distribute a call for participation in consortium of stakeholders who can benefit from TurboRAN directly or indirectly. Direct beneficiary will include stakeholders who have capacity to conduct experiments on TurboRAN. Indirect beneficiary will include stakeholders who may not perform the experiments themselves, but may benefit from the findings of experiments conducted TurboRAN team and other direct beneficiary.

Phase 5: Configuration, Commissioning and First trial: In the last phase of the TurboRAN project, the testbed equipment will be put through extensive testing to ensure the testbed is ready for conducting research experiments reliably. Activities in this phase will include:
1. Linking network nodes with EPC and Hadoop cluster
2. Integration and configuration of cells
3. Testing and Commissioning (small cells), SC (Nano cells).
4. Proof testing algorithms from PIs' past work
5. (BI) Website upgrade for internal and external access to testbed. The draft blueprint of TurboRAN will also be updated with final detailed schematics with hierarchal levels of resolutions.
6. (BI) Tutorial at one or more international conferences on TurboRAN
7. (BI) A white paper describing TurboRAN, its capabilities and kinds of research it can enable
8. (BI) Official TurboRAN 5G Testbed Launch and kick starting the outreach activities.
9. (BI) A short Youtube video will be created to provide intro to TurboRAN, its capabilities and its impact
Year 2 Deliverables 1. TurboRAN launch
2. Tutorial(s) on TurboRAN
3. GRA1 trained in mmWave small cells development and integration
4. GRA2 trained on EPC/CDSA development and integration
5. Detailed schematics of TurboRAN with hierarchal levels of resolutions.
6. White paper on TurboRAN
7. Extensive website detailing TurboRAN architecture, components,
finalities, testing capabilities, and possible research themes that can be enabled by TurboRAN.
8. A short Youtube video providing intro TurboRAN, its capabilities and its impact