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Title: SAUCeR: A QoS-aware slotted-aloha based UWB MAC with cooperative retransmissions
Authors: Tan, H.-X.
Chan, M.C. 
Kong, P.-Y.
Tham, C.K.
Keywords: cooperative communication
medium access control
quality of service
Issue Date: 2011
Citation: Tan, H.-X., Chan, M.C., Kong, P.-Y., Tham, C.K. (2011). SAUCeR: A QoS-aware slotted-aloha based UWB MAC with cooperative retransmissions. Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing 11 (3) : 410-425. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The inherent temporal connectivity and existence of impairments in wireless channels pose challenges to network performance. Cooperative communication has been proposed as an effective technique to mitigate the imperfections of the wireless medium by exploiting channel diversity and availability of neighboring nodes that can act as relays. Although numerous cooperative communication techniques have been proposed in the literature, most of them do not consider Quality of Service (QoS) issues in a wireless sensor network. In this work, we study how cooperative communication can be applied to achieve differentiated QoS in a sensor network that uses Ultra-Wideband (UWB) as its underlying PHY layer technology. SAUCeR is a slotted-aloha based ultra-wideband medium access control protocol with cooperative retransmissions that provides differentiated QoS in networks with varying traffic classes. Despite the high transmission rates provided by UWB, its impulse-based nature renders many conventional carrier sensing MAC protocols incompatible. Consequently, SAUCeR utilizes slotted-aloha to reduce packet collisions without the need for carrier sensing. Differentiated QoS is provided by allocating different resources (time slots) to varying traffic classes to segregate the contention between them. A QoS-aware cooperative retransmission technique and two distributed relay selection schemes are also introduced to improve overall traffic throughput and reduce end-to-end delay, while preventing the starvation of any traffic class. © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. SAUCeR allocates disjoint resources to different traffic classes to segregate contention between them, and to provide better Quality of Service (QoS) to traffic with higher priority. A Low Priority (LP) node that has overheard a failed transmission from a High Priority (HP) node can also help to cooperatively retransmit data to the destination (dest). This reduces packet delays, increases QoS of higher priority traffic, as well as improves overall transmission quality and network performance. © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Source Title: Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing
ISSN: 15308669
DOI: 10.1002/wcm.987
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