Wireless Open-Access Research Platform (WARP)

The Wireless Open-Access Research Platform (WARP) is a scalable and extensible programmable wireless platform, built from the ground up to prototype advanced wireless networks.

WARP combines high-performance programmable hardware with an open-source repository of reference designs and support materials. The WARP Project was founded in 2006 by Prof. Ashu Sabharwal at Rice University. The project has since grown into a self-sustaining open-source effort with users around the world. MangoCommunications spun off from the Rice WARP Project in 2008 with the initial goal of manufacturing and distributing the Rice WARP hardware. In 2012 Mango released the entirely re-designed WARP Version 3 hardware, and then in 2013 a standards-compliant 802.11g network stack. See the WARP website for more information on use in research and education.

Latest News

See the PC Today Article.

WARP was used to demonstrate Full-duplex Wireless. See the Science Daily Article or the Firece Wireless Aricle.

Argos, a platform for Massive MIMO, uses WARP as its core component. See the Red Orbit Article.


Sid Gupta, Patrick Murphy and Ashutosh Sabharwal were awarded the Hershel M. Rich Innovation Award for their innovation of the network control framework called WARPnet.


The core WARP team included Prof. Ashutosh Sabharwal, Patrick Murphy (Phd 2010), Chris Hunter (PhD 2012), Melissa Duarte (PhD 2012) and Siddharth Gupta (MS 2009, Research Engineer 2009-11). Patrick founded Mango Communications in 2008 and Chris joined him after graduation. Over the years, nearly 30 Rice students, both undergraduate and graduate, contributed to WARP growth in many different ways.

Alumnus Sid Gupta

Alumnus Chris Hunter

Alumna Melissa Duarte

Graduate Student Kaipeng Li

Graduate Student Bei Yin

Graduate Student Michael Wu

Graduate Student Aida Vosoughi

Graduate Student Mayank Kumar

Graduate Student Rajoshi Biswas

Graduate Student Richard Latimer

Graduate Student Qiong Huang

Research Engineer Gaurav Patel

Graduate Student Ryan Guerra

Graduate Student Yijun Quiao

Alumnus Patrick Murphy

Graduate Student Jingwen Bai

Professor Ashutosh Sabharwal

Graduate Student Evan Everett


WARPLab: Multi-node Prototyping with Real Wireless Data - Duarte, Murphy, Hunter, Gupta, Sabharwal, 2010

Clean-slate Multi-hop Wireless Networks Using WARP - Murphy, Hunter, Camp, Khattab, Knighly, Sabharwal, 2007

WARP, a Unified Wireless Network Testbed for Education and Research - Amiri, Sun, Murphy, Hunter, Cavallaro, Sabharwal, 2007

WARP, a Modular Testbed for Configurable Wireless Network Research at Rice - Amiri, Sun, Murphy, Hunter, Cavallaro, Sabharwal, 2007

A Flexible Framework for Wireless Medium Access Protocols - Hunter, Camp, Murphy, Sabharwal, Dick, 2006

Design of WARP: a Wireless Open-Access Research Platform - Murphy, Sabharwal, Aazhang, 2006

A significant impact of WARP is the number of research ideas empowered by WARP. For WARP’s growing worldwide use in research, click here.


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NSF MRI, “Development of WARPnet: A Platform for Programmable Observable Deployed Wireless Networks,” 2006-10. PIs: Sabharwal, Cavallaro, Aazhang, Knightly, Frantz.

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NSF CRI, “Wireless Open-Access Research Platform (WARP): A Scalable andExtensible Testbed for High-Performance Wireless Systems,” 2006-10. PIs: Sabharwal, Cavallaro, Aazhang, Knightly, Frantz.


Xilinx Incorporated, 2005-2010. PI: Sabharwal