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stds-802-16: next steps for 802.16.1 and agenda for Session #7.5

(A) Logistics of Session #7.5

IEEE 802.16 Session #7.5 will be held May 30-June 2, 2000 in Boulder, 
Colorado, USA.

I have not heard from 802.16.2 so, for now, I am presuming that only 
802.16.1 will participate.

Only six people have registered. I am planning for 50, but that is a 
guess. If you are coming, please STOP right now and click here to 


The Regal Harvest House is accepting reservations:


See <http://ieee802.org/16/meetings/mtg075> for more details.

We have two meeting rooms available, but I am assuming that we will 
not be running parallel sessions.

(B) Agenda and Next Steps for 802.16.1

 From this point on, I see two separate tasks for the MAC and PHY 
efforts: (1) draft development and revision, under the direction of 
an Editor and an Editorial Commmittee; (2) validation, under the 
direction of a Validation Committee. I see Session #7.5 is an 
opportunity to get these efforts established, define the processes 
and tasks, and start rolling.

(1) Draft Development and Revision

*We need to focus on the MAC draft to ensure that it it does not put 
us behind schedule. Regarding the unified MAC proposal that was 
agreed to in principle at Session #7, the actual submission will be 
up to the invited group (and due on June 30). However, it would be 
very helpful if we could reach consensus on a detailed outline of a 
unification plan. I would like to leave the meeting with such a 
document, which we could issue as a supplement to the Invitation to 

*I don't think that Session #7.5 is a good time to move forward on 
the PHY document. Instead, we should get the document comment process 
underway and deal with the comments at Session #8.

In both the MAC and PHY cases, we need to define the process of 
document refinement based on comments. Some of the machinery can come 
from a proposal of Brian Petry that I will post soon; we also need to 
determine the authority of the Editorial Committees; for instance, we 
could give them the right to handle comment resolution, subject to 
appeal. In the MAC case, we should arrange for the Editorial 
Committee to work closely with the contributors to ensure that the 
contributed document is in good shape to quickly move to Working 
Group Letter Ballot.

I am going to tentatively assign Tuesday afternoon and all of 
Wednesday to the topics under (1).

(2) Validation

In both the MAC and PHY case, we need to begin moving forward on 
validation, which will involve simulation. In the PHY case, 
measurements may also prove relevant.

This topic hasn't really gotten rolling, as we have focused on more 
pressing issues. Furthermore, the purpose has shifted from 
distinguishing two proposals to demonstrating the soundness of the 
802.16.1 plan. The shift buys us some extra time, but it is essential 
that we begin making progress. I would like to enable a MAC Modeling 
Team and a PHY Modeling Team, each with a milestone chart listing 
accomplishments and deadlines and listing particular individuals who 
have agreed to accept the assignments.

*In the case of the MAC, we made progress at Session #6. We need to 
get back on track by outlining the plan and ensuring that resources 
are committed to carrying it out. I would like to include SDL 
modeling as one of the functions of the MAC Validation Committee. We 
also need to develop the MAC simulation framework, including the 
traffic models, etc.

*In the case of the PHY, we also need to capitalize on some earlier 
progress in areas such as propagation and channel models and power 
amplifier models.

I am going to tentatively assign Thursday and Friday to the topics under (2).

It would be great if we could get out some formal Call for 
Contribution documents, but, realistically, that may not happen. In 
lieu of this, I am going to ask for everyone to make their best 
preparations for the meeting. Feel free to bring along relevant 
contributions; pre-submit them if possible. Also, you might consider 
preparing to volunteer (and getting clearance to do so), reviewing 
relevant documents already on-line, etc.

I hope the MAC and PHY teams will work out more detailed plans and 
solicit contributions where they see a need. The key volunteers 
already on the books are:

Jay Klein <mailto:jay@ensemblecom.com>
Jeff Foerster <mailto:foerster@newbridge.com>
John Liebetreu <mailto:john@sicom.com>
Nico van Waes <mailto:nico.vanwaes@nokia.com>

Carl Eklund <mailto:carl.eklund@nokia.com>
Phil Guillemette <mailto:pguillemette@spacebridge.com>
Glen Sater <mailto:g.sater@motorola.com>
Juan Carlos Zuniga <mailto:jzuniga@harris.com>
Baya Hatim <mailto:bayahatim@aol.com>




Dr. Roger B. Marks  <mailto:marks@nist.gov>
Chair, IEEE 802.16 WG on Broadband Wireless Access <http://wirelessman.org>
National Wireless Electronic Systems Testbed (N-WEST) <http://nwest.nist.gov>
National Institute of Standards and Technology/Boulder, CO 
tel: +1 303 497 3037  fax: +1 303 497 7828