End-to-end protocol stack for 5G mmWave simulationSimulation is an essential tool that enables the performance analysis and the design of end-to-end networks. It indeed provides insights on complex behaviors that are hard to model analytically. Moreover, using an end-to-end simulator, a researcher can study in detail the interaction among the different elements of the network, at different layers in the protocol stack.

Therefore, our team at the University of Padova and NYU WIRELESS have developed an end-to-end simulation framework for 5G mmWave networks. It is based on ns-3, a popular and open-source network simulator. As a results, this simulator allowed us to perform the studies described in the Transport Protocols and Mobility sections. For example, it features:

  • multiple channel models, including the implementation of the latest 3GPP model for frequencies above 6 GHz and the possibility of plugging traces from ray tracing softwares;
  • detailed PHY and MAC layers, with customizable parameters that can also simulate different numerologies;
  • 3GPP-like RLC, PDCP, RRC and core network elements, that extend the LTE implementation of ns-3;
  • support for mobility via dual connectivity;
  • ns-3 full TCP/IP stack and possible integration with the Linux TCP/IP stack.

This paper (link) provides a complete description of the ns-3 mmWave module.

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Title  DateArea
T. Zugno, M. Polese, M. Zorzi, " Integration of Carrier Aggregation and Dual Connectivity for the ns-3 mmWave Module", to be presented at WNS3 2018
2018/06Simulation, Mobility
M. Polese, M. Giordani, M. Mezzavilla, S. Rangan, and M. Zorzi, “Improved Handover Through Dual Connectivity in 5G mmWave Mobile Networks”, to appear on IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC)
IEEE Xplore

2017/09Mobility, Transport, Simulation
M. Zhang, M. Polese, M. Mezzavilla, S. Rangan and M. Zorzi, “ns-3 Implementation of the 3GPP MIMO Channel Model for Frequency Spectrum above 6 GHz,” to be presented at WNS-3 2017
M. Mezzavilla, M.Zhang, M. Polese, R. Ford, S. Dutta, S. Rangan, and M. Zorzi, “End-to-End Simulation of 5G mmWave Networks”, submitted to IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials
IEEE Xplore
M. Polese, M. Mezzavilla, and M. Zorzi, “Performance Comparison of Dual Connectivity and Hard Handover for LTE-5G Tight Integration,” in SIMUTools 2016

2016/08Simulation, Mobility
R. Ford, M. Zhang, S. Dutta, M. Mezzavilla, S. Rangan and M. Zorzi, “A Framework for End-to-End Evaluation of 5G mmWave Cellular Networks in ns-3” in WNS-3 2016