Barrage Relay Networks

Thomas R. Halford, Keith M. Chugg
2010 2010 Information Theory and Applications Workshop (ITA)  
A receiver-oriented perspective on capacity scaling in mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs) suggests that broadcast and multicast may be more natural traffic models for these systems than the random unicast pairs typically considered. Furthermore, traffic loads for the most promising near-term application for MANET technology -namely, networking at the tactical edge -are largely broadcast. The development of novel MANET approaches targeting broadcast first and foremost, however, has not been
more » ... . Instead, existing system designs largely rely on fundamentally link-based, layered architectures, which are best suited to unicast traffic. In response to the demands of tactical edge communications, TrellisWare Technologies, Inc. developed a MANET system based on Barrage Relay Networks (BRNs). BRNs utilize an autonomous cooperative communication scheme that eliminates the need for link-level collision avoidance. The fundamental physical layer resource in BRNs is not a link, but a portion in space and time of a cooperative, multihop transport fabric. While initial hardware prototypes of BRNs were being refined into products by TrellisWare, a number of concepts similar to those that underlie BRNs were reported independently in the literature. That TrellisWare's tactical edge MANET system design and academic research reconsidering the standard networking approach for MANETs arrived at similar design concepts lends credence to the value of these emerging wireless network approaches.
doi:10.1109/ita.2010.5454129 dblp:conf/ita/HalfordC10 fatcat:4qcwohgm4bbd3h3uv2om4irqiq