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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Cormier, Andrew Robert
Author's Email Address acormier@vt.edu
URN etd-03182008-210726
Title Reconfigurable SCA System Development Using Encapsulated Waveform Applications and Components
Degree Master of Science
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Tranter, William H. Committee Chair
Dietrich, Carl B. Committee Co-Chair
Reed, Jeffrey Hugh Committee Member
Keywords
  • OSSIE
  • Wireless
  • Software Defined Radio
  • Reconfigurable Radio
  • SCA
  • Aggregate Application
Date of Defense 2008-03-14
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The Software Communications Architecture (SCA) is a standard for software defined radios (SDR) designed in part to promote code reuse for long-term development. With the emergence of adaptive/cognitive radios, new SDRs that are capable of reconfiguration during runtime must be developed. One advantage of SDR development over conventional radio development can be ease of design if the proper rapid development tools are made available.

This thesis explores tools designed to help realize the construction of reconfigurable systems while promoting code-reuse within the bounds of the SCA. Developing these tools requires an understanding of the SCA as well as the Open Source SCA Implementation Embedded (OSSIE) for which they are developed. The use of CORBA to link together modularized components is also discussed. Finally, several simulations are conducted in order to approximate the amount of overhead resulting from the use of the reconfiguration tool developed (the “Connect Tool”).

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