Multi-Rate Support for Network-Wide Broadcasting in MANETs

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Executive Summary

Mobile Ad-hoc NETworks (MANETs) utilize broadcast channels, where wireless transmissions occur from one user to many others. In a broadcast channel the same transmission can lead to different information rates to different users depending on the channel capacity between the transmitter and receiver pair. According to coding theory, there is a certain channel capacity that limits the rate of information that can be sent through the channel. Thus, different channel capacities result in different acceptable rates for the users. In this paper, the authors utilize a superposed coding scheme in a MANET scenario to provide different rates for users with different channel capacities using a single broadcast transmission.

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