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Recent Technical Reports Authored or Co-Authored by Prof. M. Scott Corson

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A New Protocol for Scheduling TDMA Transmissions in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (CSHCN TR 2001-19) by Chenxi Zhu, M. Scott Corson

A new protocol for scheduling TDMA transmission in a mobile ad hoc network is developed. With this protocol, nodes reserve time slots for unicast, multicast or broadcast transmission. The protocol uses contention for nodes to reserve transmission time slots, its operation is distributed and concurrent; therefore it is independent of the network size and can be used in large or dynamic networks. Its performance is studied with simulation and compared with IEEE 802.11 protocol.

QoS Routing for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (CSHCN TR 2001-18) by Chenxi Zhu, M. Scott Corson

A Quality-of-Service (QoS) routing protocol is developed for mobile ad hoc networks. It can establish QoS routes with reserved bandwidth in a network employing TDMA. An efficient algorithm for calculating the end-to-end bandwidth on a path is developed and used together with the route discovery mechanism of AODV to setup QoS routes. Simulations show that the QoS routing protocol can produce higher throughput and lower delay than its best-effort counterpart.

An Evolutionary-TDMA Scheduling Protocol (E-TDMA) for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (CSHCN TR 2001-17) by Chenxi Zhu and M. Scott Corson

A new single channel, time division multiple access (TDMA) scheduling protocol, termed "Evolutionary-TDMA", is presented for mobile ad hoc networks. The protocol allows nodes in an ad hoc network to reserve conflict-free TDMA slots for transmission to their neighbors. Two topology-dependent schedules are generated and maintained by the protocol: a broadcast schedule suitable for network control traffic and a mixed schedule which combines unicast, multicast and broadcast transmissions for user data traffic. The schedules are frequently updated in an evolutionary manner to maintain conflict-free transmissions. The protocol executes across the entire network simultaneously in a fully-distributed and parallel fashion. Traffic prioritization and Quality of Service (QoS) can be supported. Simulations have shown that the performance of the E-TDMA protocol is close to that of centralized algorithms, while being insensitive to network size in terms of scheduling quality and scheduling overhead. It is a scalable protocol suitable for very large networks, and networks of varying size.

On Satellite Multicast to Heterogeneous Receivers (CSHCN TR 2001-16) by Apinun Tunpan, M. Scott Corson

We propose a framework for single-source, satellite-based multicast dissemination of bulk files. The framework trades off between reception delay and bandwidth usage and coexists with terrestrial background network traffic; specifically TCP traffic utilizing a short-term congestion control mechanism. The framework consists of two major components: 1) a multicast rate scheduling mechanism that uses long-term, end-to-end multicast packet survival statistics in order to deal with the bandwidth-delay trade-off issue, and 2) a fair queueing algorithm that regulates the points where multicast traffic from the satellite meets terrestrial background traffic. We show through simulation the performance of this framework under a number of scenarios.

The research content in this material will appear in IEEE ICC 2001.

Bandwidth Calculation in a TDMA-based Ad Hoc Network (CSHCN TR 2000-17) by Chenxi Zhu, M. Scott Corson

Bandwidth calculation for Quality-of-Service (QoS) routing in an ad hoc network employing Time-Division-Multiple-Access (TDMA) is studied.

Certain constraints of TDMA transmission in a wireless network requires careful scheduling among the nodes in order to achieve conflict-free operations. These constraints also make the calculation of the end-to-end bandwidth along a path non-trivial. These calculations are essential for QoS routing which requires a certain amount of bandwidth available on a route.

We prove the problem of calculating the maximal end-to-end bandwidth along a given a path in a TDMA network is NP-complete, and develop an efficient bandwidth calculation scheme. We also show how the bandwidth calculation scheme can be used with the Ad-hoc On-demand Distance Vector protocol (AODV) to perform QoS routing.

Bulk Data Multicast Rate Scheduling for Hybrid Heterogeneous Satellite-Terrestrial Networks (CSHCN TR 2000-5) by Apinun Tunpan, M. Scott Corson

We study a long-term, end-to-end rate scheduling problem of multicasting a large bulk file over a hybrid satellite-terrestrial network to a set of heterogeneous receivers. With selected receivers periodically reporting their long-term packet survival probabilities at each of the sender's transmission rates, our goal is to create a system which is both capable of trading off bandwidth consumption and receiver latency through a control parameter, and proactively maintaining a certain degree of reliable delivery. To increase bandwidth efficiency, we assume forward error correction (FEC) in the form of the Reed Solomon Erasure (RSE) coding. As an exact solution is computationally costly, we develop a rate scheduling algorithm based on a Gaussian approximation and study its performance by simulations.

An Approach to Fixed/Mobile Converged Routing (CSHCN TR 2000-3) by M. Scott Corson, Alan O'Neill

We consider a family of routing protocols for networks in which the core topology is essentially fixed by where the end systems may be mobile. We refer to this form of routing as Fixed/Mobile Converged (FMC) routing.

This is a mixture of the traditional prefix-routed scenario fo the fixed Internet, and the classical edge mobility scenario that is today supported by cellular networks, primarily as part of the cellular technology elements (GSM, GPRS, etc.).

We outline a general architecture for the support of such edge mobility, and present an approach to FMC routing that fits within this architecture. We then present initial simulation results illustrating the potential scalability and routing efficiency of this approach.


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