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The Vienna LTE simulators - Enabling reproducibility in wireless communications research

Author(s): Mehlführer Christian | Colom Ikuno Josep | Šimko Michal | Schwarz Stefan | Wrulich Martin | Rupp Markus

Journal: EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing
ISSN 1687-6172

Volume: 2011;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 29;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: LTE | MIMO | link level | system level | simulation | reproducible research

Abstract In this article, we introduce MATLAB-based link and system level simulation environments for UMTS Long-Term Evolution (LTE). The source codes of both simulators are available under an academic non-commercial use license, allowing researchers full access to standard-compliant simulation environments. Owing to the open source availability, the simulators enable reproducible research in wireless communications and comparison of novel algorithms. In this study, we explain how link and system level simulations are connected and show how the link level simulator serves as a reference to design the system level simulator. We compare the accuracy of the PHY modeling at system level by means of simulations performed both with bit-accurate link level simulations and PHY-model-based system level simulations. We highlight some of the currently most interesting research questions for LTE, and explain by some research examples how our simulators can be applied.
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