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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17263

Title: Cooperative Communication Schemes in Wireless Networks: A Cross Layer Approach
Authors: Vakil, Sam
Advisor: Liang, Ben
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Keywords: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Wireless Networks
Cooperative Communication
Issue Date: 26-Feb-2009
Abstract: In order to improve the Quality of Service in wireless networks it is crucial to design and optimize the communication algorithms based on the underlying Physical and Link Layers. In this thesis we show that if instead of the link abstraction used in traditional wireless networking we rely on the much broader definition of a link, used in the context of cooperative communication, we can improve the performance of relay transmission systems operating over the wireless medium. From a networking perspective there are a whole host of layering and cross-layer design issues that enable one to propose optimal cooperative algorithms for wireless communication. Most of the research in this area has been concentrated on the physical layer issues. In this thesis, we consider the interaction of the physical layer cooperative link with the higher layers, in particular the Medium Access Control Layer, and show that by appropriate protocol design we can improve the performance of wireless networks by using cooperation. Enabling cooperation among nodes in an optimal manner can lead to significant increase in the throughput for multi-hop wireless networks. We study and design cooperative protocols that lead to this throughput increase and quantify the appropriate level of cooperation among the users which leads to improving QoS.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17263
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