Utility-Maximizing Data Dissemination in Socially Selfish Cognitive Radio Networks
In cognitive radio networks, the occupation patterns of the primary users can be very dynamic, which makes optimization (e.g., utility maximization) of data dissemination among secondary users difficult. Even under the assumption that all secondary users are fully collaborative, the optimization requires cross-layer decision making which is challenging. The challenge escalates if users are socially selfish, who prefer to relay data only to those other users with whom there are social ties. Such social selfishness of users translates into new constraints on network protocol design. There has been no paper so far on the impact of social selfishness on data dissemination in cognitive radio networks.