Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Spectrum allocation algorithms for cognitive radio mesh networks
by Almasaeid, Hisham Mohammad, Ph.D., Iowa State University, 2011, 157; 3493977
Abstract (Summary)

Empowered by the cognitive radio technology, and motivated by the sporadic channel utilization, both spatially and temporally, dynamic spectrum access networks (also referred to as cognitive radio networks and next generation wireless networks) have emerged as a solution to improve spectrum utilization and provide more flexibility to wireless communication. A cognitive radio network is composed of wireless users, referred to as secondary users, which are allowed to use a given licensed spectrum band as long as there are no primary, licensed, users occupying this band in their vicinity. This restricted spectrum access strategy leads to heterogeneity in channel availability among secondary users. Heterogeneity in channel availability forms a significant source of performance degradation for cognitive radio networks, and poses a great challenge on protocol design. In this dissertation, we propose spectrum allocation algorithms that take this heterogeneity property and its effect on the network performance into consideration.

The spectrum allocation solutions proposed in this dissertation address three major objectives in cognitive radio mesh networks. The first objective is maximizing the network coverage, in terms of the total number of served clients, and at the same time simplifying the communication coordination function. To address this objective, we proposed a received based channel allocation strategy that alleviates the need for a common control channel, thus simplifying the coordination function, and at the same time maximizes the number of clients served with link reliability guarantees. We show the superiority of the proposed allocation strategy over other existing strategies.

The second objective is improving the multicast throughput to compensate for the performance degradation caused by the heterogeneity in channel availability. We proposed a scheduling algorithm that schedules multicast transmissions over both time and frequency and integrates that with the use of network coding. This algorithm achieves a significant gain, measured as the reduction in the total multicast time, as the simulation results prove. We also proposed a failure recovery algorithm that can adaptively adjust the schedule in response to temporary changes in channel availability.

The last objective is minimizing the effect of channel switching on the end-to-end delay and network throughput. Channel switching can be a significant source of delay and bandwidth wastage, especially if the secondary users are utilizing a wide spectrum band. To address this issue, we proposed an on-demand multicast routing algorithm for cognitive radio mesh networks based on dynamic programming. The algorithm finds the best available route in terms of end-to-end delay, taking into consideration the switching latency at individual nodes and the transmission time on different channels. We also presented the extensibility of the proposed algorithm to different routing metrics. Furthermore, a route recovery algorithm that takes into consideration the overhead of rerouting and the route cost was also proposed. The gain of these algorithms was verified by simulation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kamal, Ahmed E.
Commitee: Chang, Morris, Kim, Sang, Qiao, Daji, Ryan, Sarah
School: Iowa State University
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
School Location: United States -- Iowa
Source: DAI-B 73/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Computer Engineering
Keywords: Cognitive radio, Computer wireless networks, Mesh networks, Opportunistic spectrum access, Spectrum allocation
Publication Number: 3493977
ISBN: 9781267151124
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