Spectrum Opportunity-Based Control Channel Assignment in Cognitive Radio Networks

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Executive Summary

The authors address the problem of dynamic assignment of coordination (control) channels in Cognitive Radio Networks (CRNs) by exploiting time - and space-varying spectrum opportunities. Motivated by the inherent grouping of Cognitive Radio (CR) users according to channel availability, they propose a cluster-based architecture for control-channel assignment in a CRN. CRs are grouped in the same cluster if they roughly sense similar idle channels and are within communication range, either directly or via a clusterhead. They formulate the clustering design as a maximum edge biclique problem. A distributed cluster agreement algorithm called Spectrum-Opportunity Clustering (SOC) is proposed to solve this problem.

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