MUOS Modeling Toolkit Contract Awarded to SCALABLE Network Technologies ($850K)
– Phase II SBIR employs EXata® emulation to support scaling up of MUOS satellite system technologies –
Culver City, CA -- SCALABLE Network Technologies, Inc. (SCALABLE), the leader in communications simulation technology, announced today that the company was awarded an independent SBIR Phase II contract to develop the MUOS Modeling and Evaluation Environment (M2E2) toolkit. This capability will provide accurate technical and operational insights into the end-to-end performance of the DoD’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), particularly as it scales up to large configurations. The award from SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific follows previous Navy SBIR efforts, with an estimated value of $850K (with options) over two years.
Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) is a narrowband Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) system that supports a worldwide, multi-service population of mobile and fixed-site terminal users in the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) band. In this phase II contract, SCALABLE will develop high fidelity simulation models for MUOS along with a software-in-the-loop capability that will enable integration with operational applications so that real applications, services and MUOS network management software can run seamlessly on top of the emulated MUOS network in M2E2.
Developed by SCALABLE and based on the company’s EXata® emulation engine, the M2E2 toolkit will operate in real-time and faster-than-real-time modes with large numbers of simulated MUOS terminals, while rendering detailed behavioral representations of the MUOS and connected JTRS networks.
End-to-end performance study and evaluation of a MUOS network is difficult in advance of the satellite deployment. With the MUOS system still under construction, the transition planning and performance study becomes a critical issue. According to Rajive Bagrodia, CEO of SCALABLE, "The capability of running real operational applications on top of a simulated high-fidelity MUOS network provides an inexpensive and cost effective solution to the MUOS community, particularly during early integration.”
The option work for this contract includes development of the interface of M2E2 with MUOS network management system (NMS) software. This extends the use of M2E2 toolkit into training applications. By using real MUOS NMS software to manage virtual MUOS networks (emulated in EXata), a highly realistic and cost-effective training capability is possible without the need for bandwidth from the live MUOS satellite network.
The concept of M2E2 also holds potential in the area of performance study and training for emerging commercial wireless radio and communication technologies like WiMAX, 4G LTE and MIM. By employing a mix of live operational applications and emulated future communication infrastructure, it is possible to provide a highly realistic user-experience for training on next-generation commercial communication systems.