Flux Research Group / School of Computing

Demo: Mobile and Wireless Research on the POWDER Platform

Joe Breen, Jonathon Duerig, Eric Eide, Mike Hibler, David Johnson, Sneha Kumar Kasera, Dustin Maas, Alex Orange, Neal Patwari, Robert Ricci, David Schurig, Leigh Stoller, Jacobus (Kobus) Van der Merwe, Kirk Webb, and Gary Wong

Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MobiSys) 2021.

DOI: 10.1145/3458864.3466915

Testbeds, Mobile Networking


POWDER is a highly flexible, deeply programmable, and city-scale scientific instrument that enables cutting-edge research in wireless technologies. Researchers interact with the POWDER platform via the Internet to conduct their experiments, with zero penalty for remote access. In this two-part demonstration, the POWDER implementers show how to use the platform. First, they present the workflow that researchers follow to conduct experiments. Second, they highlight some of the hardware and software building blocks available through POWDER, including components related to over-the-air wireless and mobile networking, 5G, and massive MIMO.