Cross-layer cooperative beamforming for wireless networks

Lun Dong, Athina P. Petropulu, H. Vincent Poor

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Cooperative beamforming (CB) is a signal transmission technique that enables long-range communications in an energy efficient manner. CB relies on cooperation from a set of distributed network nodes, each carrying a single transmit antenna and acting as elements of a virtual antenna array. By appropriately weighting their transmissions, the cooperating nodes form one or more beams to cooperatively transmit one or more message signals to the desired destinations. In this chapter, a cross-layer framework is presented that brings the CB ideas closer to implementation in a wireless network setting. The process of sharing among the network nodes the information to be beamed is studied and evaluated in terms of its effect on the spectral efficiency of the overall system. Optimal or suboptimal beamforming weights are designed, and queuing analysis is provided to study delay characteristics of source messages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCooperative Communications for Improved Wireless Network Transmission
Subtitle of host publicationFramework for Virtual Antenna Array Applications
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages31
ISBN (Print)9781605666655
StatePublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science


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