JONNY Lomax and Mark Percival have been selected i

first_imgJONNY Lomax and Mark Percival have been selected in the England squad for this autumn’s Ladbrokes Four Nations and the upcoming International Test against France.Wayne Bennett has named 24 players – four of whom are uncapped including the Saints duo.Scott Taylor and Luke Gale are also included.England coach, Wayne Bennett, said: “There’s been a lot of competition for places this year and the players that have been picked are the ones we believe will stand up to the test of the competing nations.“I’ve always said that there wouldn’t be too many changes when I arrived and there are plenty of guys in the squad who worked hard in last year’s International Series win against New Zealand who have gone on and performed in 2016.“To have Sam Burgess back is not just a boost for England but one for the international game. Having worked with him in the past, he’s a great bloke to have around and have by your shoulder on the field.“Injuries are part and parcel of the game and to lose players like O’Loughlin, Tomkins and Currie isn’t ideal but it does offer opportunities to others who have performed in the year and it’s good to see some new and returning faces in the squad.“There’s some serious talent in this all-English side and that’s testament to the England programme, the clubs they play for and the player’s attitude in wanting to do their best each week. I’ve spoken to the boys and they’re well aware what’s ahead of them in this tournament.”England’s international schedule kicks off at Parc des Sports, Avignon on Saturday, October 22 (6.30pm CET) with a Test Match against France.Full 2016 Ladbrokes Four Nations schedule is as follows:Friday October 28 (8.00pm): Australia v Scotland, Lightstream Stadium, HullSaturday October 29 (2.30pm): England v New Zealand, The John Smith’s Stadium, HuddersfieldSaturday November 5 (5.30pm): England v Scotland, Ricoh Arena, CoventrySaturday November 5 (8.00pm): New Zealand v Australia, Ricoh Arena, CoventryFriday November 11 (8.00pm): New Zealand v Scotland, The Zebra Claims Stadium, WorkingtonSunday November 13 (2.00pm): England v Australia, The London Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, LondonSunday November 20 (2.30pm): Final, Anfield, LiverpoolEngland squad for France Test and Ladbrokes Four Nations:John Bateman (Wigan Warriors, Bradford Dudley Hill)Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings, Thatto Heath Crusaders)George Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)Sam Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)Thomas Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)Daryl Clark (Warrington Wolves, Fryston Warriors)Mike Cooper (Warrington Wolves / St George-Illwarra Dragons, Latchford Albion)Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)Brett Ferres (Leeds Rhinos, Smawthorne Panthers)Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers, Middleton Marauders)James Graham (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, Blackbrook)Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders)Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves, New Spring Lions)Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders, East Hull)Jonny Lomax (St Helens, Orrell St James)Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants, Deighton Juniors)Mark Percival (St Helens, Farnworth Rockets)Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves, Wigan St Patricks)Dan Sarginson (Wigan Warriors / Gold Coast Titans, Hemel Stags)Scott Taylor (Hull FC, Skirlaugh)Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos, Latchford Albion)Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders, West Bowling)Gareth Widdop (St George Illawarra Dragons, King Cross)George Williams (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)last_img read more

How to feed datahungry mobile devices Use more antennas

first_imgShare1MEDIA CONTACTS:David [email protected] [email protected] to feed data-hungry mobile devices? Use more antennasMulti-antenna technology could help keep pace with voracious user demandHOUSTON — (Aug. 23, 2012) — Researchers from Rice University today unveiled a new multi-antenna technology that could help wireless providers keep pace with the voracious demands of data-hungry smartphones and tablets. The technology aims to dramatically increase network capacity by allowing cell towers to simultaneously beam signals to more than a dozen customers on the same frequency.Details about the new technology, dubbed Argos, were presented today at the Association for Computing Machinery’s MobiCom 2012 wireless research conference in Istanbul. Argos is under development by researchers from Rice, Bell Labs and Yale University. A prototype built at Rice this year uses 64 antennas to allow a single wireless base station to communicate directly to 15 users simultaneously with narrowly focused directional beams.Thanks to the growing popularity of smartphones and other data-hungry devices, the demand for mobile data is expected to grow 18-fold within the next five years. To meet demand, wireless carriers are scrambling to boost network capacity by installing more wireless base stations and shelling out billions of dollars for the rights to broadcast on additional frequencies.In tests at Rice, Argos allowed a single base station to track and send highly directional beams to more than a dozen users on the same frequency at the same time. The upshot is that Argos could allow carriers to increase network capacity without acquiring more spectrum.“The technical term for this is multi-user beamforming,” said Argos project co-leader Lin Zhong, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and of computer science at Rice. “The key is to have many antennas, because the more antennas you have, the more users you can serve.”Zhong said the theory for multi-user beamforming has been around for quite some time, but implementing technology has proven extremely difficult. Prior to Argos, labs struggled to roll out prototype test beds with a handful of antennas.“There are all kinds of technical challenges related to synchronization, computational requirements, scaling up and wireless standards,” he said. “People have really questioned whether this is practical, so it’s significant that we’ve been able to create a prototype that actually demonstrates that this works.”Argos presents new techniques that allow the number of antennas on base stations to grow to unprecedented scales. The Argos prototype, which was built by Rice graduate student Clayton Shepard, uses an array of 64 antennas and off-the-shelf hardware — including several dozen open-access test devices called WARP boards that were invented at Rice’s Center for Multimedia Communications. In tests, Argos was able to simultaneously beam signals to as many as 15 users on the same frequency. For wireless carriers, that performance would translate to more than a six-fold increase in network capacity. Zhong said the base-station design can be scaled up to work with hundreds of antennas and several dozen concurrent users, which would result in much higher capacity gains.“There’s also a big payoff in energy savings,” Shepard said. “The amount of power you need for transmission goes down in proportion to the number of antennas you have. So in Argos’ case, we need only about one-sixty-fourth as much energy to serve those 15 users as you would need with a traditional antenna.”Zhong and Shepard said Argos is at least five years away from being available on the commercial market. It would require new network hardware and a new generation of smartphones and tablets. It might also require changes in wireless standards. Those are big hurdles, but Zhong said the potential benefits of multi-user beamforming technology make it a very likely next big step for the wireless industry.“The bandwidth crunch is here, and carriers need options,” Zhong said. “They’re going to pay close attention to any new technologies that may allow them to serve more customers with fewer resources.”Research co-authors include Hang Yu and Narendra Anand, both of Rice; Li Erran Li and Tom Marzetta, both of Bell Labs; and Yang Richard Yang of Yale University. The research was supported by the National Science Foundation, Bell Labs, Alcatel Lucent and the Air Force Office of Sponsored Research.###VIDEO is available at:http://youtu.be/945wOceJmdwMore about the Argos Project is available at:http://argos.rice.edu/ FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more