Zyxt

A network planning tool for rural wireless ISPs

Thomas Pötsch, Barath Raghavan, Salman Yousaf, Jay Chen

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    Abstract

    Rural areas are home to 45% of the world’s population and are neglected in the design and deployment of broadband Internet access. Beyond establishing connectivity, the planning and design of networks in these areas is often challenging because the complexity of planning such networks often exceeds the knowledge and practical expertise of individuals - even individuals that are experts in this field. Yet, proper planning and efficient network designs are critical to the long term viability and scalability of such networks. In this paper, we highlight the challenges that lone operators who lack sufficient technical support and tools must face when designing and deploying their networks. We then present a network planning tool, Zyxt, that aims to help individuals in planning rural wireless networks. We describe the design and implementation of our prototype and evaluate it against synthetic and real-world planning problems. Our evaluation demonstrates that Zyxt is able to solve real-world network planning problems using relatively modest computing resources within a few hours.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1st ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies, COMPASS 2018
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
    ISBN (Electronic)9781450358163
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jun 20 2018
    Event1st ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies, COMPASS 2018 - Menlo Park and San Jose, United States
    Duration: Jun 20 2018Jun 22 2018

    Other

    Other1st ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies, COMPASS 2018
    CountryUnited States
    CityMenlo Park and San Jose
    Period6/20/186/22/18

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    Planning
    Scalability
    Wireless networks
    Internet

    Keywords

    • Network deployment
    • Network planning
    • WISP networks

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Science(all)

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    Pötsch, T., Raghavan, B., Yousaf, S., & Chen, J. (2018). Zyxt: A network planning tool for rural wireless ISPs. In Proceedings of the 1st ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies, COMPASS 2018 [3209874] Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3209811.3209874

    Zyxt : A network planning tool for rural wireless ISPs. / Pötsch, Thomas; Raghavan, Barath; Yousaf, Salman; Chen, Jay.

    Proceedings of the 1st ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies, COMPASS 2018. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, 2018. 3209874.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Pötsch, T, Raghavan, B, Yousaf, S & Chen, J 2018, Zyxt: A network planning tool for rural wireless ISPs. in Proceedings of the 1st ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies, COMPASS 2018., 3209874, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, 1st ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies, COMPASS 2018, Menlo Park and San Jose, United States, 6/20/18. https://doi.org/10.1145/3209811.3209874
    Pötsch T, Raghavan B, Yousaf S, Chen J. Zyxt: A network planning tool for rural wireless ISPs. In Proceedings of the 1st ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies, COMPASS 2018. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. 2018. 3209874 https://doi.org/10.1145/3209811.3209874
    Pötsch, Thomas ; Raghavan, Barath ; Yousaf, Salman ; Chen, Jay. / Zyxt : A network planning tool for rural wireless ISPs. Proceedings of the 1st ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies, COMPASS 2018. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, 2018.
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