Cloud Enhanced Open Software Defined Mobile Wireless Testbed for City-Scale Deployment

The COSMOS project is aimed at design, development, and deployment of a city-scale advanced wireless testbed in order to support real-world experimentation on next-generation wireless technologies and applications.

The COSMOS architecture has a particular focus on ultra-high bandwidth and low latency wireless communication tightly coupled with edge cloud computing. The COSMOS testbed will be deployed in upper Manhattan and will consist of 40-50 advanced software-defined radio nodes along with fiber-optic front-haul and back-haul networks and edge and core cloud computing infrastructure. Researchers will be able to run experiments remotely on the COSMOS testbed by logging into a web-based portal which will provide various facilities for experiment execution, measurements, and data collection.


The COSMOS testbed will cover one square mile in West Harlem, between Columbia’s Morningside campus at 120th and CCNY campus at 135th Street and Broadway and Amsterdam avenues.


A main goal of the COSMOS project is to transform the testbed-generated research into an innovative learning platform for K-12 students, in New York City and particularly in West Harlem. 


Radio nodes in COSMOS provide a mix of fully programmable SDRs for flexible wireless experimentation as well as commercial hardware capable of supporting networking and applications research with currently available end-user devices


The testbed is intended to enable several new classes of wireless experiments not currently supported by testbeds available to the research community. The “sweet spot” for experimenters is ultra-high access bandwidth coupled with low latency mobile networks and edge cloud services, an attractive target that could enable a new class of applications such as AR/VR for mobile users or cloud-assisted connected cars. 





COSMOS is part of the National Science Foundation’s PAWR program and is funded in part by NSF award CNS-1827923 and by the PAWR Industry Consortium.