A Highly Efficient and Flexible Channel Allocation Scheme for Hyper Multi-Point Data Gathering Satellite Communication Systems


IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E92-B    No.11    pp.3309-3317
Publication Date: 2009/11/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E92.B.3309
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Satellite Communication Technologies in Conjunction with Main Topics of JC-SAT2008)
satellite communication,  channel allocation,  sensor network,  data gathering,  

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This paper describes a novel channel allocation scheme that enables data to be collected from observation points throughout the ultra-wide area covered by a satellite communication system. Most of the earth stations in the system acquire pre-scheduled type data such as that pertaining to rainfall and temperature measurements, but a few of them acquire event-driven type data such as that pertaining to earthquakes. Therefore, the main issue pertaining to this scheme is how to effectively accommodate demand for the channels by a huge number of earth stations with limited satellite frequency bandwidth regardless of their acquired data types. To tackle this issue, we propose a channel allocation scheme built on a pre-assigned scheme to gather pre-scheduled type data but that also includes an additional procedure to gather event-driven type data reliably. Performance evaluations show that the proposed scheme achieves higher throughput and lower packet loss rate than conventional schemes.