Multi-Route Coding in Wireless Multi-Hop Networks

Hiraku OKADA  Nobuyuki NAKAGAWA  Tadahiro WADA  Takaya YAMAZATO  Masaaki KATAYAMA  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E89-B   No.5   pp.1620-1626
Publication Date: 2006/05/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1093/ietcom/e89-b.5.1620
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Terrestrial Radio Communications
Keyword: 
multi-route coding,  turbo code,  multipath dynamic source routing,  wireless multi-hop network,  

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Summary: 
Wireless multi-hop networks have drawn much attention for the future generation mobile communication systems. These networks can establish multiple routes from a source node to a destination node because of flexible construction of network topology. Transmissions by multiple routes have enough capability to achieve reliable communication because we can expect to obtain diversity gain by multiple routes. In this paper, we propose the multi-route coding scheme. At first, we discuss a channel model in multi-hop networks employing regenerative relay, which we named the virtual channel model. By using the virtual channel model, a packet is encoded on multiple routes as follows; a bit sequence of a packet is encoded and divided into subpackets, and each subpacket is transmitted on each route. We evaluate its packet error rate performance, and clarify effectiveness of the proposed scheme. In general, we should face degradation of a route condition such as the case when a subpacket does not reach a destination node. Hence, we have to consider the influence of subpacket loss. We also investigate it, and show tolerance of the proposed scheme over that.