Following The Shadow: Agile 3-D Beam-Steering For 60 GHz Wireless Networks

Authors:
Anfu Zhou Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, P.R. China
Leilei Wu Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, P.R. China
Shaoqing Xu Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, P.R. China
Huadong Ma Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, P.R. China
Teng Wei University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA
Xinyu Zhang University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Abstract:

60 GHz networks, with multi-Gbps bitrate, are considered as the enabling technology for emerging applications such as wireless Virtual Reality (VR) and 4K/8K real-time Miracast. However, user motion, and even orientation change, can cause mis-alignment between 60 GHz transceivers' directional beams, thus causing severe link outage. Within the practical 3D spaces, the combination of location and orientation dynamics leads to exponential growth of beam searching complexity, which substantially exacerbates the outage and hinders fast recovery. In this paper, we first conduct an extensive measurement to analyze the impact of 3D motion on 60 GHz link performance, in the context of VR and Miracast applications. We find that 3D motion exhibits inherent non-predictability, so conventional beam steering solutions, which targets 2D scenarios with lower search space and short-term motion coherence, fail in practical 3D setup. Motivated by these observations, we propose a model-driven 3D beam-steering mechanism called Orthogonal Scanner (OScan), which can maintain high performance for mobile 60 GHz links in 3D space. OScan discovers and leverages a hidden interaction between 3D beams and the spatial channel profile of 60 GHz radios, and strategically scans the 3D space so as to reduce the search latency by more than one order of magnitude. Experiment results based on a custom-built 60 GHz platform along with a trace-driven emulator demonstrate OScan's remarkable throughput gain, up to 5×, compared with the state-of-the-art.

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