Networking

Energy Benefit of Network Coding for Multiple Unicast in Wireless Networks

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Executive Summary

Traditional routing solutions for communication networks keep independent streams of data separate. The idea of network coding is to allow nodes in the network to combine independent data streams. Some of the benefits of network coding that have been demonstrated are increased throughput, reduced resource consumption and increased security, see e.g. and the references therein. The interest is in the reduction in energy consumption in wireless networks offered by network coding. The potential of network coding to reduce energy consumption is demonstrated using the example given in which nodes A and C need to exchange bits x and y.

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