Network-coding-based signal recovery for efficient scheduling in wireless networks

Jingyao Zhang, Khaled Ben Letaief, Pingyi Fan, Kai Cai

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Interference is a serious problem in wireless communications. In a wireless network, the signal sent by a terminal will be received by all its neighboring nodes. If a neighbor (except the destinations) is receiving data from some other terminals at the same time, the signals will collide, and the useful signal will be destroyed, which may result in transmission failure. Previous solutions to this problem focused on the avoidance of signal collisions through careful medium access control (MAC) and/or scheduling. However, this needs some sophisticated protocols and may waste system resources such as bandwidth. In this paper, we shall put forward some practical schemes to recover the useful signal from the collided signals for different types of wireless channels; thus, the throughput and network efficiency can greatly be increased. The proposed schemes are based on the network coding technique and performed on the physical layer. One feature of our schemes is that neither strict synchronization nor power control is needed among the different terminals; thus, it is very fit for distributed networks. Simulation results will show that the bit error rate (BER) of the recovered signal by our developed schemes is almost the same as that of the signal with no collision, which proves their efficiency in eliminating the interference.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1572-1582
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2009



  • Block fading
  • Network coding
  • Scheduling
  • Time variant
  • Wireless network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics

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