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Self-organization in communication networks: principles and design paradigms

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2 Author(s)
Prehofer, C. ; DoCoMo Euro-Labs, UK ; Bettstetter, C.

The trend toward ubiquitous wireless communication demands for a higher level of self-organization in networks. This article gives an introduction and overview on this topic and investigates the fundamental question: What are design paradigms for developing a self-organized network function? We propose four paradigms and show how they are reflected in current protocols: design local interactions that achieve global properties, exploit implicit coordination, minimize the maintained state, and design protocols that adapt to changes. Finally, we suggest a general design process for self-organized network functions.

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Communications Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:43 ,  Issue: 7 )