The Throughput of Slotted Aloha with Diversity [article]

Andrea Munari, Michael Heindlmaier, Gianluigi Liva, Matteo Berioli
2014 arXiv   pre-print
In this paper, a simple variation of classical Slotted Aloha is introduced and analyzed. The enhancement relies on adding multiple receivers that gather different observations of the packets transmitted by a user population in one slot. For each observation, the packets transmitted in one slot are assumed to be subject to independent on-off fading, so that each of them is either completely faded, and then does not bring any power or interference at the receiver, or it arrives unfaded, and then
more » ... ay or may not, collide with other unfaded transmissions. With this model, a novel type of diversity is introduced to the conventional SA scheme, leading to relevant throughput gains already for moderate number of receivers. The analytical framework that we introduce allows to derive closed-form expression of both throughput and packet loss rate an arbitrary number of receivers, providing interesting hints on the key trade-offs that characterize the system. We then focus on the problem of having receivers forward the full set of collected packets to a final gateway using the minimum possible amount of resources, i.e., avoiding delivery of duplicate packets, without allowing any exchange of information among them. We derive what is the minimum amount of resources needed and propose a scheme based on random linear network coding that achieves asymptotically this bound without the need for the receivers to coordinate among them.
arXiv:1401.3660v1 fatcat:gxh73kfofjfsvaarmcwxtlbwku