Competitive MAC under Adversarial SINR

Abstract

Abstract—This paper considers the problem of how to effi-ciently share a wireless medium which is subject to harsh external interference or even jamming. While this problem has already been studied intensively for simplistic single-hop or unit disk graph models, we make a leap forward and study MAC protocols for the SINR interference model (a.k.a. the physical model). We make two contributions. First, we introduce a new adver-sarial SINR model which captures a wide range of interference phenomena. Concretely, we consider a powerful, adaptive adver-sary which can jam nodes at arbitrary times and which is only limited by some energy budget. The second contribution of this paper is a distributed MAC protocol which provably achieves a constant competitive throughput in this environment: we show that, with high probability, the protocol ensures that a constant fraction of the non-blocked time periods is used for successful transmissions. Our results also highlight an inherent difference between the SINR model and unit disk graph models. I

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