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Distributed and Cooperative Link Scheduling for Large-Scale Multihop Wireless Networks

EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking20072007:034716

  • Received: 9 May 2007
  • Accepted: 24 October 2007
  • Published:


A distributed and cooperative link-scheduling (DCLS) algorithm is introduced for large-scale multihop wireless networks. With this algorithm, each and every active link in the network cooperatively calibrates its environment and converges to a desired link schedule for data transmissions within a time frame of multiple slots. This schedule is such that the entire network is partitioned into a set of interleaved subnetworks, where each subnetwork consists of concurrent cochannel links that are properly separated from each other. The desired spacing in each subnetwork can be controlled by a tuning parameter and the number of time slots specified for each frame. Following the DCLS algorithm, a distributed and cooperative power control (DCPC) algorithm can be applied to each subnetwork to ensure a desired data rate for each link with minimum network transmission power. As shown consistently by simulations, the DCLS algorithm along with a DCPC algorithm yields significant power savings. The power savings also imply an increased feasible region of averaged link data rates for the entire network.


  • Time Slot
  • Transmission Power
  • Power Control
  • Tuning Parameter
  • Significant Power


Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521, USA
Army Research Laboratory, 2800 Power Mill Road, Adelphi, MD 20783, USA


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