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The COSMOS platform

The main goal of the Open Calls is to incentivize EU – US NGI teams to carry out experiments using EU and/or US based experimental platforms. An example of these types of platforms is COSMOS (“Cloud enhanced Open Software defined MObile wireless testbed for city-Scale deployment”), a  project aimed at design, development and deployment of an advanced wireless city-scale testbed in order to support real-world experimentation on next-generation wireless technologies and applications.  

COSMOS platform NY

COSMOS is a joint project involving Rutgers, Columbia, and NYU along with several partner organizations, including New York City and is supported by the NSF Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program. The COSMOS testbed is being deployed in West Harlem, New York City with technical focus on ultra-high-bandwidth and low-latency wireless communications with tightly coupled edge computing, and emphasis on the millimeter-wave (mmWave) radio communications and dynamic optical switching. 

Once fully deployed, the COSMOS testbed will support at-scale experimentation of novel advanced wireless broadband and communication technologies in both sub-6 GHz and mmWave frequency bands in a dense urban environment. 

The COSMOS testbed platform provides a mix of programmable software-defined radio (SDR) nodes for flexible wireless experimentation. It also includes novel 100 Gbps+ WDM fiber and mmWave backhaul technologies interconnected with a software-defined network (SDN) switching fabric for minimum latency and flexibility in setting up experimental network topologies.  

COSMOS platformThe COSMOS testbed was specifically developed as an open programmable, software-defined platform that enables researchers from both academia and industry to evaluate architectures and technologies for current and future wireless systems including 5G. Moreover, the testbed area has been designated as one of first two FCC Innovation Zones [FCC20], thereby allowing extensive experimentation even prior and during the deployment of the NSC smart manufacturing testbed. 





COSMOS “cloud-native” architecture



For more information about COSMOS, please see [1] and

The COSMOS platform was presented during a webinar organised on 26th March. The recordings are available here


 [1] D. Raychaudhuri, I. Seskar, G. Zussman, T. Korakis, D. Kilper, T. Chen, J. Kolodziejski, M. Sherman, Z. Kostic, X. Gu, H. Krishnaswamy, S. Maheshwari, P. Skrimponis, and C. Gutterman, “Challenge: COSMOS: A city-scale programmable testbed for experimentation with advanced wireless,” in Proc. ACM MOBICOM’20 (to appear), 2020.



The 30-months project will push the Next Generation Internet a step further by providing cascade funding to EU-based researchers and innovators in carrying out Next Generation Internet related experiments in collaboration with US research teams.

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