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Ad Hoc Wireless Networks: A Communication-Theoretic Perspective

ISBN: 978-0-470-09110-4
346 pages
April 2006, ©2006
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Ad hoc networking is a new area in wireless communications that is going to prevail in the next few decades. Understanding the full potential of this technology will lead to new applications both civilian and military, such as military ad hoc wireless networks, environmental sensor networks, car-based ad hoc networks, biomedical networks and many more.    

This text takes a “bottom-up” perspective.

  • The physical layer performance of ad hoc wireless networks is studied in detail showing the strong dependence of higher layer performance on physical layer capabilities and limitations.
  • A communication-theoretic perspective on the design of ad hoc wireless networks is presented. 
  • The interaction between physical layer and higher layers is discussed providing a new perspective in the practical design of ad hoc wireless networks.

Topics in the book range from the basic principles of networking and communication systems through to applications making it ideal for practicing and R&D engineers in the wireless communications and networking industries looking to understand this new area.  The inclusion of problems and solutions at the end of each chapter furthers understanding and makes it a highly relevant text for  post-graduate and senior undergraduates on communication systems and computer science courses.

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List of Acronyms.

1 Related Work and Preliminary Considerations.

1.1 Introduction.

1.2 Related Work.

1.3 A New Perspective for the Design of Ad Hoc Wireless Networks.

1.4 Overview of the Underlying Assumptions in the Following Chapters.

1.5 The Main Philosophy Behind the Book.

2 A Communication-Theoretic Framework for Multi-hop Ad Hoc Wireless

Networks: Ideal Scenario.

2.1 Introduction.

2.2 Preliminaries.

2.3 Communication-Theoretic Basics.

2.4 BER Performance Analysis.

2.5 Network Behaviour.

2.6 Concluding Remarks.

3 A Communication-Theoretic Framework for Multi-hop Ad Hoc Wireless

Networks: Realistic Scenario.

3.1 Introduction.

3.2 Preliminaries.

3.3 Communication-Theoretic Basics.

3.4 Inter-node Interference.

3.5 RESGOMAC Protocol.

3.6 RESLIGOMAC Protocol.

3.7 Network Behavior.

3.8 Conclusions.

4 Connectivity in Ad Hoc Wireless Networks: A Physical Layer Perspective.

4.1 Introduction.

4.2 Quasi-regular Topology.

4.3 Random Topology.

4.4 Concluding Remarks and Discussion.

5 Effective Transport Capacity in Ad Hoc Wireless Networks.

5.1 Introduction.

5.2 Modeland Assumptions.

5.3 Preliminaries.

5.4 Single-Route Effective Transport Capacity.

5.5 Aggregate Effective Transport Capacity.

5.6 Comparison of the RESGO and RESLIGOMAC Protocols.

5.7 Spread-RESGO: Improved RESGOMAC Protocol with Per-route Spreading Codes.

5.8 Discussion.

5.9 Concluding Remarks.

6 Impact of Mobility on the Performance of Multi-hop Ad Hoc Wireless


6.1 Introduction.

6.2 Preliminaries.

6.3 Switching Models.

6.4 Mobility Models.

6.5 Numerical Results.

6.6 Conclusions.

7 Route Reservation in Ad Hoc Wireless Networks.

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 Related Work.

7.3 Network Models and Assumptions.

7.4 The Two Switching Schemes.

7.5 Analysis of the Two Switching Techniques.

7.6 Results and Discussion.

7.7 Concluding Remarks.

8 Optimal Common Transmit Power for Ad Hoc Wireless Networks.

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 Modeland Assumptions.

8.3 Connectivity.

8.4 BER at the End of a Multi-hop Route.

8.5 Optimal Common Transmit Power.

8.6 Performance Metrics.

8.7 Results and Discussion.

8.8 Related Work.

8.9 Conclusions.

9 Routing Problem in Ad Hoc Wireless Networks: A Cross-Layer Perspective.

9.1 Introduction.

9.2 Experimental Evidence.

9.3 Preliminaries: Analytical Models and Assumptions.

9.4 Route Selection: Simulation Study.

9.5 Network Performance Evaluation.

9.6 Discussion.

9.7 Related Work.

9.8 Conclusions.

10 Concluding Remarks.

10.1 Introduction.

10.2 Extensions of the Theoretical Framework: Open Problems.

10.3 Network Architectures.

10.4 Network Application Architectures.

10.5 Standards.

10.6 Applications.

10.7 Conclusions.

Appendix A.

Appendix B.

Appendix C.

Appendix D.

Appendix E.



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Ozan Tonguz is the Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Co-Director of the Centre for Wireless and Broadband Networking at Carnegie Mellon University, USA.  He has twenty years teaching experience at universities in the US and has ten years industry consulting experience. He has also been granted service awards from the IEEE Communications Society and the Optical Society of America.

Dr Ferrari completed his Ph.D. in 2002 and is an Assistant Professor at University of Parma in Italy.  He is currently on leave carrying out research on ad hoc wireless networks at Carnegie Mellon University, USA in Professor Tonguz’s department.

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"This volume will be of interest to anyone who is involved in ad hoc networks and cross-layer design." (Computing Reviews.com, June 15, 2007)
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