Channel-Assignment and Scheduling in Wireless Mesh Networks Considering Switching Overhead

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Executive Summary

This paper considers the channel-assignment and scheduling in wireless mesh networks that employ multiple radios and multiple channels. In contrast to the various algorithms available in the literature, the authors explicitly model the delay overhead that is incurred during channel switching, and use that delay in the design of algorithms. They prove that the well known Greedy Maximal Scheduling (GMS) algorithm does not have any provable efficiency ratio when the switching overhead is considered. The authors present a centralized algorithm (CGSSO), and a dynamic algorithm (DMSSO), both of which consider switching overhead. Simulation results show that the proposed algorithms significantly outperform other algorithms in packet throughput and average packet delay metrics.

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