Date of Award

5-2010

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Legacy Department

Electrical Engineering

Advisor

Russell, Harlan B

Committee Member

Noneaker , Daniel L

Committee Member

Wang , Kuang-Ching

Committee Member

Martin , James J

Abstract

We investigate strategies to improve the performance of transmission schedules for mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs) employing adaptive direct-sequence spread-spectrum (DSSS) modulation. Previously, scheduling protocols for MANETs have been designed under the assumption of an idealized, narrowband wireless channel. These protocols perform poorly when the channel model incorporates distance-based path loss and co-channel interference. Wideband communication systems, such as DSSS systems, are more robust in the presence of co-channel interference; however, DSSS also provides multiple-access capability that cannot be properly leveraged with a protocol designed for narrowband systems. We present a new transmission scheduling protocol that incorporates link characteristics, spreading factor adaptation, and packet capture capability into scheduling and routing decisions. This provides greater spatial reuse of the channel and better adaptability in mobile environments. Simulation results demonstrate the merits of this approach in terms of end-to-end packet throughput, delay, and completion rate for unicast traffic. We also discuss two variations of the protocol: one provides a method for enhancing the network topology through exchange of local information, and the other leverages multi-packet reception (MPR) capability to enhance the network topology. We show that each approach is useful in networks with sparse connectivity. We conclude by studying the capacity of the networks used in previous sections, providing insight on methods for realizing further performance gains.

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