Deployment Plan

The COSMOS testbed will cover one square mile in West Harlem, with City College to the north, Columbia University’s Morningside Heights campus to the south, the Hudson River to the west, and Apollo Theater to the east. This vibrant, densely populated neighborhood is seen as an ideal place to push the bandwidth and latency limits of 4G, and even fifth-generation wireless technology, or 5G, which carriers are starting to roll out in some cities now. The envisioned deployment (composed of 3 stages outlined in the figure below) will include the following: 

  • 9 Large Sites
  • 40 Medium sites
  • Fiber optic connection from most sites
  • 200 Small nodes ~Including vehicular and hand-held
  • Fiber connection to NYU Data Center, Rutgers, GENI/I2
  • Interaction with smart community & innovation initiatives (Gigabit center, etc.)

[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, 2020. [download] [presentation] [long video] [short video]

COSMOS Timeline

April 1

Project Start

The official start of the COSMOS projects
July 1

Initial Design Release

December 1

Sandbox Deployment

Rooftop deployment of one large and one medium node at WINLAB facility
February 28

Pilot Sandbox Deployment Release

Pilot sandbox deployment release to internal users
May 15

Pilot Deployment

Deployment of one large node and two medium nodes at CU and release to internal experimenters
May 21

1st Workshop

One day experimenter workshop and tutorials for research community
September 18

FCC Innovation Zone

FCC establishes Innovation Zone for COSMOS deployment area
March 1

Phase 1 Deployment

Deployment of first phase of testbed across CU and CCNY sites, along with COSMOS control center at Rutgers (originally planned for 03/01/2020 – delayed due to COVID-19)
June 9

Testbed GA

COSMOS testbed General Availability announced
October 14

2nd Experimenter Workshop

Two day workshop and tutorials for research community
December 31

Phase 1 Internal Release

Internal release of partial Phase 1 deployment for scaled experiment preparation and debugging (originally planned for 05/15/2020 – delayed due to COVID-19)
April 15

Phase 1 EA Release

Phase 1 deployment release to early adopters for limited scale experimentation (originally planned for 08/14/2020 – delayed due to COVID-19)
June 1

Phase 1 Release

Phase 1 deployment release to general users (originally planned for 10/01/2020 – delayed due to COVID-19)
September 1

Phase 2 Deployment (*)

Deployment of second phase of testbed across CU, CCNY and NYC sites, along with COSMOS control center at Rutgers *Phase 2 subject to availability of funding
October 15

Phase 2 Deployment Release to Early Adopters

November 30

Full Deployment Release to General Public