[Namaste-dev] Tom and cognitive radio and us
rwmcgwier at gmail.com
Thu Jun 12 21:31:07 PDT 2008
In my opinion, this is almost off the rails.
Tom is a brilliant guy and he has just joined our team at the Center for
Communications Research. He got here through the "good old person
network" (me). I have a very large agenda for Tom until the fall. He is
on his own to do what he wishes but you should be aware that his primary
goal is getting tenure for an unforgiving master (our research staff).
We had a conversation today about his earliest days in SDR. He was made
all sorts of promises about SDR and why he should do cognition on these
infinitely capable radios and he had to reaim his entire thesis when he
Like Namaste and all other undeveloped things, the SDR were infinitely
powerful and we are not ready to consider cognition.
Charles, Tom, and I are daily doing design and programming of the
necessary algorithms for cognition. Frank Brickle is designing the
virtual radio kernel for us to be able to do distributed computing over
a wide range of devices.
We have not even begun to assemble our first serious cognitive radio.
All we have are toys. We know that for any serious need if a radio needs
X computing resources (take your pick) a cognitive radio will take NX
where N is not a tiny positive integer.
The easiest thing to do of all is template matching for known waveforms
but it is very intense computation.
My strongest possible admonition is to walk before we attempt to launch
a permanent manned presence to Mars.
We need the basic architecture for the ground and space segment designed
so we can run an experiment. Following the successful build and test of
this experiment, we have a REAL plan to get real funding from a joint
California/DHS program. AGAIN, Tom Rondeau and I are involved in this.
These are terrific and lofty goals and do this every single day of my
life but I spent three years working on GnuRadio and Flex Radio before I
even began to believe I had sufficient expertise and equipment to do
this kind of development.
ARRL SDR Working Group Chair. Member: ARRL, AMSAT, AMSAT-DL,
TAPR, Packrats, NJQRP, QRP ARCI, QCWA, FRC.
“Trample the slow .... Hurdle the dead"
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