Spatial spectrum access game

Xu Chen, Jianwei Huang
2012 Proceedings of the thirteenth ACM international symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing - MobiHoc '12  
A key feature of wireless communications is the spatial reuse. However, the spatial aspect is not yet well understood for the purpose of designing efficient spectrum sharing mechanisms. In this paper, we propose a framework of spatial spectrum access games on directed interference graphs, which can model quite general interference relationship with spatial reuse in wireless networks. We show that a pure strategy equilibrium exists for the two classes of games: (1) any spatial spectrum access
more » ... es on directed acyclic graphs, and (2) any games satisfying the congestion property on directed trees and directed forests. Under mild technical conditions, the spatial spectrum access games with random backoff and Aloha channel contention mechanisms on undirected graphs also have a pure Nash equilibrium. We then propose a distributed learning algorithm, which only utilizes users' local observations to adaptively adjust the spectrum access strategies. We show that the distributed learning algorithm can converge to an approximate mixed-strategy Nash equilibrium for any spatial spectrum access games. Numerical results demonstrate that the distributed learning algorithm achieves up to 100% performance improvement over a random access algorithm.
doi:10.1145/2248371.2248401 dblp:conf/mobihoc/ChenH12 fatcat:nnnlswitcfd6tfix5mtd3smt5a