International Journal of Computer Applications
IEEE 802.11a/b/g standards support multiple data rates. Although the use of multiple data rates increases the capacity of wireless networks, it can lead to a performance anomaly problem. Cooperative communication for wireless networks has attracted considerable interest owing to its ability to mitigate this performance anomaly problem. In cooperative communication, a number of relay nodes support a source node in the forwarding of data packets to a destination node. If the direct transmission of a data packet between a source node and a destination node is not successful, the overheard data packet from the source node is forwarded by relay nodes to the destination node.