Optimal Spatial Reuse in Poisson Multi-Hop Networks

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Executive Summary

The authors consider a wireless multi-hop network with sources that are Poisson distributed and relays which are placed on the source-destination line. Given a combined TDMA/ALOHA MAC protocol, they explore the following question of optimal spatial reuse: increasing the number of nodes that are simultaneously scheduled to transmit in a route allows nodes to transmit more often. At the same time, it results in an increase of intra-route and inter-route interference, which has a negative impact on the end-to-end delay and throughput. In a regime of large source-destination distances R, they find that it is delay-optimal for either only one node, or a number of nodes that increases linearly in R, to be scheduled in each slot, depending on the ALOHA probability.

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