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A convex optimization method for self-organization in dynamic (FSO/RF) wireless networks
Author(s): Jaime Llorca; Christopher C. Davis; Stuart D. Milner
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Paper Abstract

Next generation communication networks are becoming increasingly complex systems. Previously, we presented a novel physics-based approach to model dynamic wireless networks as physical systems which react to local forces exerted on network nodes. We showed that under clear atmospheric conditions the network communication energy can be modeled as the potential energy of an analogous spring system and presented a distributed mobility control algorithm where nodes react to local forces driving the network to energy minimizing configurations. This paper extends our previous work by including the effects of atmospheric attenuation and transmitted power constraints in the optimization problem. We show how our new formulation still results in a convex energy minimization problem. Accordingly, an updated force-driven mobility control algorithm is presented. Forces on mobile backbone nodes are computed as the negative gradient of the new energy function. Results show how in the presence of atmospheric obscuration stronger forces are exerted on network nodes that make them move closer to each other, avoiding loss of connectivity. We show results in terms of network coverage and backbone connectivity and compare the developed algorithms for different scenarios.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 August 2008
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 7091, Free-Space Laser Communications VIII, 70910A (19 August 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.798169
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Jaime Llorca, Univ. of Maryland, College Park (United States)
Christopher C. Davis, Univ. of Maryland, College Park (United States)
Stuart D. Milner, Univ. of Maryland, College Park (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7091:
Free-Space Laser Communications VIII
Arun K. Majumdar; Christopher C. Davis, Editor(s)

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