Existing wireless networks are inherently hardware-based and rely on closed and inflexible architectures that delay the adoption of new wireless networking technologies. Moreover, it is very challenging to control large-scale networks of heterogeneous devices with diverse capabilities and hardware. On the other hand, software-defined radios provide a vast degree of flexibility, though they often lack appropriate abstractions to enable prototyping of complex networking schemes based on cross-layer interactions. 
The notion of software-defined networking (SDN) has been introduced to simplify network control and to make it easier to introduce and deploy new applications and services compared to classical hardware-dependent approaches.
Technology Overview
This technology presents a new Wireless Network Operating System (WNOS), which is a radically different approach to SDN for infrastructure-less wireless networks. WNOS provides the network designer with an abstraction that hides:
- the lower-level details and 
- the distributed nature of the network operations
The WNOS takes network control programs written on a centralized, high-level view of the network and automatically generates distributed cross-layer control programs based on distributed optimization theory that are executed by each individual node on an abstract representation of the radio hardware. 
- Improved network resource utilization efficiency, simplified network management, reduced operating costs 
- Uses cross-layer control of infrastructure-less wireless networks 
- Large scale Internet of Things (IoT)
- Licensing
- Research collaboration
- Partnering
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For Information, Contact:
Mark Saulich
Associate Director of Commercialization
Northeastern University
Tommaso Melodia
Zhangyu Guan