Hi Again, Everyone!
The big news from the Forum this month was the face to face meeting of the Coordinating Committee on International SCA Standards held June 11th and 12th in Melbourne, Florida. Hosted by Harris Corporation, this meeting was used to complete work on a number of documents
- SCA 4.1 Scalable Components: This document has been prepared by the Forum’s SCA 4.1 Backwards Compatibility Task group to propose changes to the SCAv4.0.1 specification to add support for component scalability. This will allow component developers to choose whether or not to implement some of the standard sub-component interface. The scalability will also be used to support the different profiles of the specification.
- SCA 4.1 Scalable Manager Components: This document has been prepared by the Forum’s SCA 4.1 Backwards Compatibility Task group to propose changes to the SCAv4.0.1 specification to add support for scalability of the manager components. This will allow developers to choose whether or not to implement all of the manager interfaces. The manager scalability will also be used to support the different profiles of the specification.
- SCA 4.1 Naming Conventions: This document has been prepared by the Forum’s SCA 4.1 Backwards Compatibility Task group to propose changes to the SCAv4.0.1 specification to use a naming convention for the names of the interfaces and components. The goal is to improve readability of the next release of the specification.
- SCA 4.1 Application Backwards Compatibility: This document package has been prepared by the SCAv4.1 Backwards Compatibility Task Group to provide comments to the JTNC on the modifications to SCA v4.0 necessary to support backwards compatibility with SCA v2.2.2.
- SCA 4.1 AEP Specification: This document has been prepared by the SCAv4.1 AEP Improvements Task Group to define POSIX AEPs for interaction between SDR Applications and OE in resource constrained environments. Two Base AEPs functions groups, the Lightweight (Lw) and the Ultra-Lightweight (ULw), are defined, with functions Groups A and B being possibly added as support features. The documents contains normative content for Base AEPs functions groups and the additional functions groups, plus support sections giving SCA-like contents overview tables and detailed rationale for the design choices. The specification is a converged solution elaborated between developers who worked to generate a unified content leveraging previous achievements in this area from JTNC Standards and ESSOR.
- SCA 4.1 Application Mixture Backwards Compatibility: This document proposes changes to the next SCA specification to increase the level of backwards compatibility via an optional unit of functionality (UOF) to support applications composed of a mixture of SCA 4 and SCA 2.2.2 components. This will allow developers to perform a more incremental transition from SCA 2.2.2 to SCA 4.
Additional project ballots coming up for vote in the near future, include: SCA 4.1 Platform Component Late Registration and SCA 4.1 IDL Profile Specification. These documents will be delivered by the WInnForum to the JTNC once all comments received during balloting are resolved and balloting completes.
Other news is as follows:
Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Annual Report Face to Face Meeting
Members of the Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Annual Report project group also met in Melbourne and completed preliminary work on a number of key sections:
- Spectrum Occupancy/Spectrum Measurements
- Filed Trials and Test Beds
The members established a plan to complete work on the project by September, including sections on programs, business models, and analysis. The group plans the official roll out of this first edition annual report in conjunction with WInnComm Europe.
Speaking of WInnComm Europe 2014, the preliminary program is now available online: http://www.europe.wirelessinnovation.org/2014-agenda. In addition to the regular technical sessions, this years tactical radio workshop is expanded to a day and a half, and special sessions are planned on CloudRAN, Spectrum Sharing and Spectrum Management, and SDR Hardware.
On the US side, the Call for Papers, Presentations and Posters is now out for WInnComm 2015, to be held 24 to 26 March 2015 in San Diego, California: http://www.conference.wirelessinnovation.org/. This conference is planning special sessions on 5G, Context Aware Cognitive Radio, Dynamic Spectrum Sharing, and Receiver Performance Guidelines.
FY2015 Operations Plan
Finally this month, the Wireless Innovation Forum released the operations plan and budget for the year starting 1 July 2014 for ballot. High level goals for the Forum established by the Board for this coming year are as follows:
1. Establish the Forum as the Multi-Stakeholder Group for Federal Spectrum Sharing
2. Revitalize Defense Communications Membership
3. Establish Relevant Projects
4. Formalize Partnership Relationships with End User Community
5. Improve Regional Support
6. Strengthen the Forum’s Brand
We will provide more information on these goals, as well as the plans the Forum’s Committees have in place for achieving these goals once balloting is complete.
What is next for the Forum
Next month I will provide updates on the following items expected to complete in the next few weeks:
- Forum comments on the FCC’s 3550 MHz Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making
- The Strategic Plan for the Forum’s Coordinating Committee on International SCA Standards
- Additional details on SCA 4.1 including information on the roll out meeting
- Additional details on WInnComm Europe 2014
Lee Pucker, Forum CEO