The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has selected National Instruments to provide software-defined radios for a channel emulation testbed DARPA will use in a collaborative machine-learning competition.
NI said Tuesday its software-defined radios will aid various open source and tool flows such as GNU radio, RFNoC and LabVIEW system design software for the agency’s Colosseum testbed.
Colosseum is designed to support up to 256-by-256-channel, real-time channel emulation and calculate more than 65,000 channel interactions.
The testbed will be accessible to participants in the three-year, $3.75 million DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge and will be housed at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.
“The Colosseum testbed will allow those researchers to evaluate the performance of their designs to enable more reliable communications in many types of environments including the wireless conditions of a busy city neighborhood or in defense situations,” said Matt Ettus, an engineer at NI and founder of Ettus Research.