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Wireless ad hoc networks are seldom characterized by one single performance metric, yet the current literature lacks a flexible framework to assist in characterizing the design tradeoffs in such networks. In this work, the authors address this problem by proposing a new modeling framework for routing in ad hoc networks, which used in conjunction with metaheuristic multi-objective search algorithms, will result in a better understanding of network behavior and performance when multiple criteria are relevant. The approach is to take a holistic view of the network that captures the cross-interactions among interference management techniques implemented at various layers of the protocol stack.
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