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Recent advances in the physical layer have enabled the simultaneous reception of multiple packets by a node in wireless networks. We address the throughput optimization problem in wireless networks that support multipacket reception (MPR) capability. The problem is modeled as a joint routing and scheduling problem, which is known to be NP-hard. The scheduling subproblem deals with finding the optimal schedulable sets, which are defined as subsets of links that can be scheduled or activated simultaneously. We demonstrate that any solution of the scheduling subproblem can be built with |E| + 1 or fewer schedulable sets, where |E| is the number of links of the network. This result is in contrast with previous works that stated that a solution of the scheduling subproblem is composed of an exponential number of schedulable sets. Due to the hardness of the problem, we propose a polynomial time scheme based on a combination of linear programming and approximation algorithm paradigms. We illustrate the use of the scheme to study the impact of design parameters on the performance of MPR-capable networks, including the number of transmit interfaces, the beamwidth, and the receiver range of the antennas.
Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:22 , Issue: 7 )
Date of Publication: July 2011