Published in Udar, N., Kant, K., Viswanathan, R., & Cheung, D. (2007). Ultra Wideband Channel Characterization and Ranging in Data Centers. IEEE International Conference onUltra-Wideband, 2007(ICUWB 2007), 322-327. doi: 10.1109/ICUWB.2007.4380963 ©2007 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE. This material is presented to ensure timely dissemination of scholarly and technical work. Copyright and all rights therein are retained by authors or by other copyright holders. All persons copying this information are expected to adhere to the terms and constraints invoked by each author's copyright. In most cases, these works may not be reposted without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.


This paper presents a detailed measurement based characterization of the Ultra Wideband (UWB) channels in a data center environment and examines the accuracy of direct ranging using Time of Arrival (ToA) measurements. Modern data centers present a unique indoor environment that to our knowledge has not yet been characterized. Our ranging experiments indicate that it is possible to achieve an accuracy of fraction of a meter via direct ranging and point to the feasibility of locating individual servers using more sophisticated cooperative ranging.