Departmental Papers (ESE)


This work presents an analysis of a cluster of finite population of low cost sensor nodes operating in a p-persistent S-Aloha framework with multipacket messages. Using this analytical framework, we consider the issue of partitioning the nodes and available frequencies into groups so as to maximize the system throughput. Assigning the nodes and frequencies into “groups” is important because the size of the group impacts the tradeoff between the benefits of frequency diversity and the cost of collision on the shared medium imposed by the nodes in a group. We study this tradeoff through analytical and numerical results and show how the correct choice of group sizes can vary depending on various factors like the ratio of nodes to frequencies and the overall system load.

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Conference Paper

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2012 IEEE Military Communications Conference (Milcom) - Unclassified Sessions
October 2012, Orlando, FL

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Aloha, multi-user, multi-frequency, grouping



Date Posted: 20 November 2012

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