Capacity Scaling Laws for Underwater Networks

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Executive Summary

This paper presents upper bounds on the transport capacity of underwater acoustic networks with nodes deployed arbitrarily in a unit area disk. The authors study three cases of interest: an arbitrarily chosen narrow transmission band; the case of power limited nodes which transmit in disjoint narrow bands; and the case of nodes with high power capabilities that use of a wide transmission band. The choice of transmission band in the last two cases depends on the transmission distance and the physical characteristics of the channel, and is made in accordance with the waterfilling principle.

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