Documentation

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Objects

With the hopes of simplifying the use of MFM, an object-oriented approach was taken. Listed below are links to pages describing the different objects used in MFM.

Array
An arbitrary antenna array of one or more elements.

Channel
A generic MIMO channel.
Subclasses:  Ray/Cluster Channel    Rayleigh-Faded Channel   

Device
A device with transmit and/or receive capability.

Link
A physical connection between two devices.

Network
A network of devices and the links connecting them.

Path Loss
A generic path loss model.
Subclasses:  Free-Space Path Loss    Free-Space Path Loss with Log-Normal Shadowing    Two-Slope Path Loss   

Receiver
A MIMO receiver.
Subclasses:  Hybrid Digital/Analog Receiver   

Transmitter
A MIMO transmitter.
Subclasses:  Hybrid Digital/Analog Transmitter   

Object-Oriented Relationships of MFM

To fully understand and use MFM, it is important that users know how the several objects are related.

The object relationships of a two node network, for example.
The object relationships of a two node network, for example.

There are four levels of object hierarchy in MFM. From lowest to highest we have:

  1. the array/channel level
  2. the transmitter/receiver level
  3. the device/link level
  4. the network level

Each transmitter and receiver has an array. channels capture propagation between transmit and receive arrays.

devices, which can transmit and/or receive, are comprised of a transmitter and/or receiver object.

links capture the physical connection between devices, described by the channel and path loss between them.

A collection of devices and links comprises a network_mfm object.

How MFM Can Be Used

MFM can be used in various capacities, depending on one’s use-case.

At the lowest level, for example, users may only use the array object’s capabilities and no other components of MFM.

In another case, users may want to use MFM as a channel generator, meaning only the array and channel objects are necessary.

Taking it a step higher, users may be interested in using MFM at its device and link level, without using the network object at all.

At the highest level, MFM can be used at its network level, where effectively all components of MFM are being used, such as in the guide A Complete Network-Level Example.

3-D Geometry

Frequency-Selectivity

MFM was created under a frequency-flat assumption. It could be extended to frequency-selective channels, but the current version of MFM does not incorporate frequency-selectivity.