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Shusen Yang , Imperial College London, London
Zhengguo Sheng , France Telecom Orange Lab, Beijing
Julie A. McCann , Imperial College London, London
Kin K. Leung , Imperial College London, London
Cooperative communication has been shown to have great potential in improving wireless link quality. Incorporating cooperative communications in multi-hop wireless networks has been attracting a growing interest. However, most current research focuses on either centralized solutions or schemes limited to specific network problems. In this paper, we propose a distributed framework that uses Network Utility Maximization (NUM) to optimize the following joint objectives: flow control, routing, scheduling, and relay assignment; for multi-hop wireless cooperative networks with general flow and cooperative relay patterns. We define two special graphs, Hyper Forwarding Graphs (HFG) and Hyper Conflict Graphs (HCG), to represent all possible cooperative routing policies and interference relations among the cooperative relays respectively. Based on HFG and HCG, a stochastic mixed-integer non-linear programming problem is formulated. We then propose lightweight algorithms to solve these in a fully distributed manner, and derive the theoretical performance bounds of these proposed algorithms. Simulation results verify our theoretical analysis and reveal the significant performance gains of our framework, in terms of throughput, flexibility, and scalability. To our knowledge, this is the first distributed cross-layer optimization framework for multi-hop wireless cooperative networks with general flow and cooperative relay patterns.
Relays, Routing, Wireless networks, Spread spectrum communication, Cooperative systems, Optimization, Optimization, Network communications, Wireless communication, Distributed networks

K. K. Leung, J. A. McCann, Z. Sheng and S. Yang, "Distributed Stochastic Cross-layer Optimization for Multi-hop Wireless Networks with Cooperative Communications," in IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing.
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