Cooperative Communications in Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks: Rethinking the Link AbstractionIEEE Signal Processing Magazine: Special Issue on Signal Processing for Ad hoc Communication Networks (2006)
AbstractThis chapter rethinks the link abstraction for wireless networks in the context of coopera-tive communications, which has recently received interest as an untapped means for improv-ing performance of relay transmission systems operating over the ever-challenging wireless medium. The common theme of most research in this area is to optimize physical layer per-formance measures without considering in much detail how cooperation interacts with higher layers and improves network performance measures. Because these issues are important for enabling cooperative communications to practice in real-world networks, especially for the increasingly important class of mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs), the goals of this paper are to survey basic cooperative communications and outline two potential architectures for cooperative MANETs. The first architecture relies on an existing clustered infrastructure: cooperative relays are centrally controlled by cluster heads. In another without explicit clustering, cooperative links are formed by request of a source node in an ad hoc, decentralized fashion. In either case, cooperative communication considerably improves the network con-nectivity. Although far from a complete study, these architectures provide modified wireless link abstractions and suggest tradeoffs in complexity at the physical and higher layers.
Publication DateSeptember, 2006
Citation InformationDennis Goeckel. "Cooperative Communications in Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks: Rethinking the Link Abstraction" IEEE Signal Processing Magazine: Special Issue on Signal Processing for Ad hoc Communication Networks Vol. 23 (2006)
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