C-MAC:A MAC Protocol Supporting Cooperation in Wireless LANs

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Executive Summary

Cooperative diversity is a transmission technique, where multiple terminals form a virtual antenna array that realizes spatial diversity gain in a distributed fashion. The concept of cooperation has already been introduced to MAC layer to design MAC protocol. However, it's much different with that at physical layer. In this paper, the authors present a new MAC protocol based on IEEE 802.11, called C-MAC that can support the basic building block of cooperative system. That is, in C-MAC, source would invite a relay node into data transmission if there exits an available one. During data transmission, source sends the signal to destination at first. The relay node will retransmit the overheard information to the destination at the second time slot.

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