Multi-criteria cooperative energy-aware routing in wireless ad-hoc networks

Ilias Gravalos, Pannagiotis Kokkinos, E. A. Varvarigos

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The cooperation among mobile hosts in wireless ad-hoc networks is usually in the form of nodes acting as intermediate relays that forward data from a source to an otherwise distant destination using point-to-point or point-to-multipoint links. A technique that has gained considerable recent attention is cooperative diversity, where nodes are organized for transmitting the same signal to a given, often otherwise unreachable, node. The receiver combines the multiple receptions to reconstruct the original signal. In this work, we examine the routing and power allocation problem under such a cooperative communications model, so as to obtain a cross-layer design of the network and the physical layer. We present and evaluate a multi-criteria cooperative routing algorithm that uses as parameters the nodes' residual energy and their transmission power. This algorithm selects for each source-destination pair a path, in the form of a sequence of groups of cooperative nodes, and the nodes' transmission powers. We perform a number of simulation experiments, assuming nodes with variable or fixed transmission power, evaluating the benefits of the proposed multi-criteria cooperative routing algorithm. The results show that our algorithm achieves significant energy savings and a larger number of successfully delivered packets than in the case where cooperation is not applied.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 9th International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference, IWCMC 2013
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781467324793
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventACM International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference 2013 - University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Duration: 1 Jul 20135 Jul 2013
Conference number: 9th


ConferenceACM International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference 2013
Abbreviated titleIWCMC 2013
CityCagliari, Sardinia
Internet address


  • Cooperative
  • Energy-aware
  • Multi-criteria
  • Wireless networks

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