MAC Design for Analog Network Coding

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Executive Summary

Most medium access control mechanisms discard collided packets and consider interference harmful. Recent work on Analog Network Coding (ANC) suggests a different approach, in which multiple interfering transmissions are strategically scheduled. The received collisions are collected and then used in a decoding process, such as the ZigZag decoding process, where the packets involved in the collisions are extracted. In this paper, the authors present an algebraic representation of collisions and describe a general approach to recovering collisions using ANC.

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