Multi-channel spectrum-agile MAC protocol with adaptive load control

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Multi-channel spectrum-agile MAC protocol with adaptive load control
Abstract— Spectrum-agile radios, also known as cognitive radios, have a great potential to improve spectrum utilization by enabling dynamic access to the spectrum. A key challenge in operating these radios is how to implement an efficient medium access control (MAC) mechanism that adaptively and efficiently allocates transmission powers and spectrum according to the surrounding environment. In this work, we propose a distributed MAC protocol for operating spectrum-agile radios in a multihop ad hoc network. Our protocol differs from previous designs in that it exploits the “dual-receive” capability of radios, thus overcoming various channel access problems that are common to multi-channel designs. We conduct theoretical analysis of the protocol, and study its performance via simulations. We show significant improvement in the system throughput under the proposed MAC design. To maximize this throughput, we propose a cross-layer framework for joint adaptive load and medium access...
Fan Wang, Marwan Krunz
Added 28 May 2010
Updated 28 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2009
Authors Fan Wang, Marwan Krunz
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