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Interaction Engineering: Taming of the CSMA

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Executive Summary

Carrier Sense Multiple Access (CSMA) protocols are unable to effectively arbitrate the medium in multi-hop wireless networks; problems such as hidden and exposed terminals occur frequently leading to collisions, poor performance and unfairness. CSMA networks can be optimized by careful tuning of transceiver parameters, such as transmission power and carrier sensing threshold, to maximize transmission concurrency while minimizing collisions. Existing approaches optimize these parameters by considering only some aspects of CSMA operation (e.g., considering only PHY parameters such as SINR), thus leading to suboptimal solutions.

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