Antenna Selection Diversity Based MAC Protocol for MIMO Ad Hoc Wireless Networks

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Executive Summary

In this paper, the authors propose a novel asynchronous Media Access Control (MAC) protocol, Opportunistic MAC (OMAC), for Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) ad-hoc networks. The proposed solution is based on closed loop minimal feedback antenna selection diversity scheme and optimum receives combining. The use of antenna selection diversity contributes to a reduction in the feedback information and the effective interference produced. To utilize the spatial degrees of freedom offered by MIMO, they propose the use of a novel rank based metric to obtain interference information as well as to enable multiple simultaneous transmissions and to make MAC decisions.

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