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Terminal-centric view of software reconfigurable system architecture and enabling components and technologies

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  • Nikos Georganolpoulos
  • Tim Farnham
  • Rollo Burgess
  • Thorsten Scholer
  • Juergen Sessler
  • Zoran Golubicic
  • Fanny Platbrood
  • Bertrand Souville
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100 - 110
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Communications Magazine
Journal issue5
StatePublished - May 2004


Reconfigurahlc radio in Europe is rapidly gaining momentum and becoming a key enabler for realizing the vision of hcing optimally connected anywhere, anytime. At the center of this exciting technology is the reconfigurahle terminal that will move across different radio access networks, adapting at every instant to an optimum mode of operation. This will require coordinated reconfiguration management support from both the terminal and the network, but the terminal will inherit a significant part of this intelligence. This article focuses on a novel reconfigurable terminal architecture that advances the state of the art and encompasses the overall protocol stack from the physical to application layer in IP-based radio access networks. The proposed architecture is composed of a terminal reconfiguration management part and enabling middleware technologies like the complementary Distributed Processing Environment and agent platforms, flexible protocol stacks that can flexibly be interchanged to support different wireless technologies and associated mechanisms, and finally, object-oriented reconfigurahlc RF and baseband components. The work presented in this article is conducted in the context of the IST projects SCOUT ( and TRUST ( webpage/spl frameset.html) of the European 5th Framework Program.

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Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Rose publication type: Journal article Sponsorship: This work has been conducted as part of the framework of the IST-2001-34091 SCOUT project, which is partly funded by the Europeon Union. Terms of use: Copyright © 2004 IEEE. Reprinted from IEEE Communications Magazine. This material is posted here with permission of the IEEE. Such permission of the IEEE does not in any way imply IEEE endorsement of any of the University of Bristol's products or services. Internal or personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution must be obtained from the IEEE by writing to By choosing to view this document, you agree to all provisions of the copyright laws protecting it.

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