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Enabling Multi-Hop Concurrent Transmissions in 60 GHz Wireless Personal Area Networks

By Jian Qiao, Lin X. Cai, Xuemin (sherman Shen, Jon W. Mark and Life Fellow


Abstract—Millimeter-wave (mmWave) communications is a promising enabling technology for high rate (Giga-bit) multimedia applications. However, because of the high propagation loss at 60 GHz band, mmWave signal power degrades significantly over distance. Therefore, a traffic flow being transmitted over multiple short hops can attain higher throughput than that over a single long hop. In this paper, we first design a hop selection metric for the piconet controller (PNC) to select appropriate relay hops for atrafficflow, aiming to improve the flow throughput and balance the traffic loads across the network. We then propose a multi-hop concurrent transmission (MHCT) scheme to exploit the spatial capacity of mmWave WPANs by allowing nodes to transmit concurrently in communication links without causing harmful interference. The analysis of concurrent transmission probability and time division multiplexing demonstrates that the MHCT scheme is capable of improving the time slot utilization. Extensive simulations are conducted to validate the analytical results and demonstrate that the proposed MHCT scheme can improve the average traffic flow throughput and network throughput. Index Terms—Multi-hop, concurrent transmission scheduling, millimeter Wave WPANs, resource utilization. I

Year: 2012
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