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Software Radio (Sora)

Software Radio (Sora)Software Radio (Sora)The Software Radio (Sora) program theme seeks to address the challenges of using PC architectures for high-speed software-defined radio (SDR) platforms. Microsoft Research Asia has developed a new high-performance wireless platform based on software running on a PC. The platform, called Sora, allows academic users to experiment with novel wireless networking technologies. The goal of this theme is to build on this work to advance research in using software radio technology to provide state of the art wireless networking. Learn more...

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Sora Invitation for Proposals 2010

Radio control board provides a high-speed Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) interface to the host PCRadio control board provides a high-speed Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) interface to the host PC In October 2009, Microsoft Research Asia announced a global invitation for research proposals that explore exciting innovations by using the Microsoft Research Software Radio (Sora) platform. We received 32 proposals by the end of January 2010. Following detailed technical reviews, we announced the award of the Sora Academic Kits to 18 universities and 20 winners as follows. The invitation for proposals (IFP) process is expected to continue in 2010 with a second phase for funding of selected projects.


Name of Awardee

Research Title

Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications

Qimei Cui

Research on Non-synchronization Problems of Cooperative Communications

Carnegie Mellon University

Srinivasan Seshan

Sora in the CMU Wireless Emulator and Enabled Projects

Duke University

Romit Roy Choudhury

Physical Layer Informed Wireless Networking

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Qian Zhang

Interference Alignment in Multi-Cell MIMO WLAN Networks—Algorithm Design and Testbed Evaluation

Korea University

Hyogon Kim

Rate Diverse Network Coding : Breaking the Broadcast Bottleneck

Seoul National University

Sunghyun Choi

A Practical High-Throughput Wireless LAN System Supporting Downlink Multi-User MIMO transmissions

Stanford University

Philip Levis

SORA for 802.11n Experimentation

Stevens Institute of Technology

Joe Mitola

Classification, Modeling and Control of Cognitive Radios Using Hierarchical Neural Network

Tsinghua University

Ming Zhao

Distributed Wireless Communication System over SoRa

University of California, Los Angeles

Songwu Lu

A Probabilistic Protocol and Algorithm Design Approach to 802.11n Networks: MAC and Rate Adaptation

Mario Gerla

Bringing Cognitive Radios to Vehicles: a Testbed Study

University College London

Kyle Jamieson

SecureAngle: Angle-of-Arrival Based Security for Wireless Networks

University of California, Davis

Xin Liu

Beyond Listen-Before-Talk: SORA-enabled Cognitive Radio Access in Distributed Multiuser Networks

University of Cambridge

Bogdan Roman,
Ian Wassell,
Jon Crowcroft

High Performance and Reliable Wireless Access Control Using Multi-Carrier Bursting

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Nitin Vaidya

Towards Next Generation Information Theoretic Wireless Networking and Security

University of Michigan

Kang Shin

Adaptive Wireless Networking via MSR Software Radio Platform

Mingyan Liu

Pushing the Wireless Coexistence Boundary Using the SORA Platform

University of Texas at Austin

Lili Qiu

Spectrum Sensing and Sharing in White Space

University of Washington

Hui Liu

A Sora-Based Hybrid Broadcasting and Access Radio Station

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Suman Banerjee

Differential Robustness for Wireless Systems through Application Guidance Almost for Free


Sora Academic Preview Workshop, Beijing, China

Microsoft Research Asia hosted a technical preview workshop in September 2009 to introduce the forthcoming Microsoft Research Software Radio research platform to leading academics in the networking community from 10 countries and 37 universities. Learn more...