Primary User-aware Network Coding for Multi-hop Cognitive Radio Networks


Network coding has proved its efficiency in increasing the network performance for traditional ad-hoc networks. In this paper, we investigate using network coding for enhancing the throughput of multi-hop cognitive radio networks. We formulate the network coding throughput maximization problem as a graph theory problem, where different constraints and primary users' characteristics are mapped to the graph structure. We then show that the optimal solution to this problem in NP-hard and propose a heuristic algorithm to efficiently solve it. Evaluation of the proposed algorithm through NS2 simulations shows that we can increase the throughput of the constrained secondary users' network by 150% to 200% for a wide range of scenarios covering different primary users' densities, traffic loads, and spectrum availability.

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