The Capacity of Multihop Relay Wireless Networks

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The throughput capacity of wireless ad hoc networks is an important topic that has been studied extensively in the literature. Most of these studies are based on the assumption that all the nodes in the network are either source or destination. However, there is another important group of networks where some nodes are neither source nor destination. These nodes are considered relays and their task is to facilitate the transportation of information in the network. These networks are called relay networks. The capacity of relay networks has been studied. The main assumption in these papers is that there is constant number of source-destination pairs which is not a function of the total number of nodes in the network.

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