Low Complexity and Provably Efficient Algorithm for Joint Inter and Intrasession Network Coding in Wireless Networks

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Executive Summary

The performance of wireless networks can be enhanced by performing network coding on the intermediate relay nodes. To enhance the throughput of large wireless networks, the authors can decompose them into a superposition of simple relay networks called 2-hop relay networks. Previously, the capacity region of 2-hop relay networks with multiple unicast sessions and limited feedback was characterized where packet erasure channels are used. A near-optimal coding scheme that exploits the broadcast nature and the diversity of the wireless links was proposed. However, the complexity of the scheme is exponential in terms of the number of sessions, as it requires the knowledge of the packets that are received by any subset of the receivers.

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