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Cross-layer design in multihop wireless networks

Chen, Lijun and Low, Steven H. and Doyle, John C. (2011) Cross-layer design in multihop wireless networks. Computer Networks, 55 (2). pp. 480-496. ISSN 1389-1286.

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In this paper, we take a holistic approach to the protocol architecture design in multihop wireless networks. Our goal is to integrate various protocol layers into a rigorous framework, by regarding them as distributed computations over the network to solve some optimization problem. Different layers carry out distributed computation on different subsets of the decision variables using local information to achieve individual optimality. Taken together, these local algorithms (with respect to different layers) achieve a global optimality. Our current theory integrates three functions—congestion control, routing and scheduling—in transport, network and link layers into a coherent framework. These three functions interact through and are regulated by congestion price so as to achieve a global optimality, even in a time-varying environment. Within this context, this model allows us to systematically derive the layering structure of the various mechanisms of different protocol layers, their interfaces, and the control information that must cross these interfaces to achieve a certain performance and robustness.

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Low, Steven H.0000-0001-6476-3048
Doyle, John C.0000-0002-1828-2486
Additional Information:© 2010 Elsevier B.V. Available online 12 October 2010. The authors thank Mung Chiang for collaborations on the topic. This work is partially supported by Army Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, AFOSR award FA9550-05-1-0032, ARO grant DAAD19-02-1-0283, NSF grant CNS-0435520, NSF NetSE grant CNS-0911041, ARO MURI grant W911NF-08-1-0233, ONR MURI grant N000140810747, and the Caltech Lee Center for Advanced Networking.
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Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)FA9550-05-1-0032
Army Research Office (ARO)DAAD19-02-1-0283
Army Research Office (ARO)W911NF-08-1-0233
Office of Naval Research (ONR)N000140810747
Caltech Lee Center for Advanced NetworkingUNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:Theory-based approach; Cross-layer design; Dual decomposition; Multihop wireless networks
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Official Citation:Lijun Chen, Steven H. Low, John C. Doyle, Cross-layer design in multihop wireless networks, Computer Networks, Volume 55, Issue 2, Wireless for the Future Internet, 1 February 2011, Pages 480-496, ISSN 1389-1286, DOI: 10.1016/j.comnet.2010.09.005.
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Deposited By: Ruth Sustaita
Deposited On:16 Mar 2011 15:09
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