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Experimenting with the USRPs

Providing USRP programs

In CorteXlab, USRPs are programmed using the GNURadio toolchain. GNURadio is a free and open-source software development toolkit that provides signal processing blocks to implement software radios. In order to avoid arbitrary changes coming from the GNURadio development community, CorteXlab maintains a copy of the GNURadio repository, which contains the exact same version of GNURadio as the one installed on the CorteXlab nodes. This distribution can be downloaded Here with some explanation here

Programming a USRP with GNURadio is not an easy task, the user should be familiar with that, and should refer to the GNURadio website if he is not. A CorteXlab program consists of a number of GNURadio python scripts, executed on the PCs connected to the USRPs (of course several USRPs can share the same GNURadio code).

For instance, in the ofdm_p2p example present in your examples directory on your airlock home directory, the following script will be executed by the PC connected to the first USRP:

$ --antenna="TX/RX" --tx-amplitude=0.2 -v -W 2M -f 2.49G

The script called as the entry point could be anything, it is up to the user to decide what, the parameters, etc. The only constraint is that it should be able to run with the GNURadio toolchain deployed on CorteXlab. If the user wants to add more packages or libraries, he should put the files in the task directory upon creation of the task.

For instance, in the ofdm_p2p example, the script uses the transmit_path class which is defined in the module, which is thus present in the ofdm_p2p directory.

Again, using the ofdm_p2p example, this example uses 2 USRPs (one transmitting, the other receiving), the script run on the PC connected to the second USRP is:

$ --antenna="TX/RX" --rx-gain=25 -v -W 2M -f 2.49G
experiment_usrp.txt · Last modified: 2023/12/11 14:02 by cmorin

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