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End-to-End Energy–Bandwidth Tradeoff in Multihop Wireless Networks

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2 Author(s)
Changhun Bae ; Electr. Eng. & Comput. Sci. Dept., Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA ; Wayne E. Stark

In this paper, energy-constrained wireless multihop networks with a single source-destination pair are considered. A network model that incorporates both the energy radiated by the transmitter and the energy consumed by the circuits that process the received signals is proposed. The rate of communication is the number of information bits transmitted (end-to-end) per coded symbol transmitted by any node in the network that is forwarding the data. The tradeoff between the total energy consumption and the end-to-end rate of communication is analyzed. The performance (either energy or rate) depends on the transmission strategy of each node, the location of the relay nodes, and the data rate used by each node. Communication strategies include the rate of transmission on each link, the scheduling of links, and the power used for each link. Strategies that minimize the total energy consumption for a given rate are found. Two communication strategies that capture the inherent constraints of some practical networks are also considered and compared with the optimum strategies. In the case of equispaced relays, analytical results for the tradeoff between the energy and the end-to-end data rate are provided. The minimum energy over all possible data rates is also obtained. Low rates incur a significant penalty because the receiver is on for a long time period while high rates require high transmission energy. At high rates routes with fewer hops minimize the energy consumption while at lower rates more hops minimize the energy consumption.

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IEEE Transactions on Information Theory  (Volume:55 ,  Issue: 9 )