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Molecular inspired models for prediction and control of directional FSO/RF wireless networks
Author(s): Jaime Llorca; Stuart D. Milner; Christopher C. Davis
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Paper Abstract

Directional wireless networks using FSO and RF transmissions provide wireless backbone support for mobile communications in dynamic environments. The heterogeneous and dynamic nature of such networks challenges their robustness and requires self-organization mechanisms to assure end-to-end broadband connectivity. We developed a framework based on the definition of a potential energy function to characterize robustness in communication networks and the study of first and second order variations of the potential energy to provide prediction and control strategies for network performance optimization. In this paper, we present non-convex molecular potentials such as the Morse Potential, used to describe the potential energy of bonds within molecules, for the characterization of communication links in the presence of physical constraints such as the power available at the network nodes. The inclusion of the Morse Potential translates into adaptive control strategies where forces on network nodes drive the release, retention or reconfiguration of communication links for network performance optimization. Simulation results show the effectiveness of our self-organized control mechanism, where the physical topology reorganizes to maximize the number of source to destination communicating pairs. Molecular Normal Mode Analysis (NMA) techniques for assessing network performance degradation in dynamic networks are also presented. Preliminary results show correlation between peaks in the eigenvalues of the Hessian of the network potential and network degradation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 August 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7814, Free-Space Laser Communications X, 781405 (24 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.863012
Show Author Affiliations
Jaime Llorca, Univ. of Maryland, College Park (United States)
Stuart D. Milner, Univ. of Maryland, College Park (United States)
Christopher C. Davis, Univ. of Maryland, College Park (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7814:
Free-Space Laser Communications X
Arun K. Majumdar; Christopher C. Davis, Editor(s)

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