Date Added: Jan 2012
Opportunistic spectrum access, which allows secondary users opportunistically access unused licensed channels to exploit instantaneous spectrum availability, is a promising approach to achieve efficient spectrum utilization and mitigate spectrum scarcity. To address the challenge of dynamic spectrum access, one of the most important issues is cooperative spectrum reallocation among secondary users to minimize spectrum handoffs. In this paper, the authors present a low-complexity approach based on conflict graph to optimize spectrum reallocation by local coordination. In order to reduce communication overhead, they propose two heuristic spectrum selection methods named local observation and metric maximum.