Energy Savings in Wireless Networks Through Network Coding
Emerging applications in wireless networks require more and more resources. One of the most important limitations is formed by battery life. Since battery technology is not keeping up with the increasing demand for resources, it is imperative that more efficient use is made of the available energy. Previous work on minimizing energy consumption in networks has focused on, e.g., minimum cost routing, power control algorithms and cross-layer protocol design. However, exiting new opportunities arise from the advent of network coding. In a typical communication network sources and receivers cannot communicate directly, other nodes in the network are therefore required to setup communication links.