Optimal scaling of multicommodity flows in wireless ad hoc networks: beyond the Gupta-Kumar barrier


Event IEEE MASS 2008 Conference


Garcia-Luna-Aceves, J J.
Technical Publications
September 29th 2008
We establish a tight max-ow min-cut theorem for multi- commodity routing in random geometric graphs. We show that, as the number of nodes in the network n tends to in- nity, the maximum concurrent ow (MCF) and the minimum cut-capacity scale as (n^2 r^3(n)/k) for a random choice of k (n) source-destination pairs, where r(n) ) is the communication range in the network. We exploit the fact, that the MCF in a random geometric graph equals the interference-free capacity of an ad-hoc network under the protocol model, to derive scaling laws for interference-constrained network capacity. We generalize all existing results reported to date by showing that the per-commodity capacity of the network scales as (1/r(n)k) for the single-packet reception model suggested by Gupta and Kumar, and as (nr(n)/k) for the multiple-packet reception model suggested by others. More importantly, we show that, if the nodes in the network are capable of multiple-packet transmission and reception, then it is feasible to achieve the optimal scaling of (n^2 r^3(n)/k), despite the presence of interference. This result provides an improvement of (nr^2(n) ) over the highest achieved capacity reported to date. In stark contrast to the conventional wisdom that has evolved from the Gupta-Kumar results, our results show that the capacity of ad-hoc networks can actually increase with n while the communication range tends to zero!


Karande, S.; Wang, Z.; Sadjadpour, H.; Garcia-Luna-Aceves, J. J. Optimal scaling of multicommodity flows in wireless ad hoc networks: beyond the Gupta-Kumar barrier. 5th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad Hoc and Sensor Systems (MASS 2008); 2008 September 29-October 2; Atlanta, Georgia.

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