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Efficient MAC in Cognitive Radio Systems: A Game-Theoretic Approach

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In this paper, the authors study the problem of efficient Medium Access Control (MAC) among cognitive radio devices that are equipped with multiple radios and thus are capable of transmitting simultaneously at different frequencies (channels). They assume that radios contend on each channel using the Carrier Sense Multiple Access with Collision Avoidance (CSMA/CA) protocol. They study two MAC problems: the allocation of the available channels among radios, and the optimal usage of each allocated channel by the radios occupying it. Both problems are studied in a game-theoretic setting, where devices aim to selfishly maximize their share of the available bandwidth.

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