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Network coding has been proposed as an alternative to the conventional store-and-forward routing paradigm for data delivery in networks. When deployed in a multi-rate wireless network, network coding has to interact with rate adaptation. When multicasting packets (a requirement of network coding) in a multi-rate IEEE 802.11 wireless network, one must use care when selecting the transmission rate to use. The authors refer to this problem as rate selection. They analyze the performance of network coding for a small set of scenarios representative of common topologies in a network that lead to coding opportunities. Based on this analysis, they present the Network Coding aware Rate Selection (NCRS) algorithm which takes into account transmission rates used for unicast links to all multicast targets.
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