Backbone construction in selfish wireless networks

Seungjoon Lee, Dave Levin, Vijay Gopalakrishnan, Bobby Bhattacharjee
2007 Performance Evaluation Review  
We present a protocol to construct routing backbones in wireless networks composed of selfish participants. Backbones are inherently cooperative, so constructing them in selfish environments is particularly difficult; participants want a backbone to exist (so others relay their packets) but do not want to join the backbone (so they do not have to relay packets for others). We model the wireless backbone as a public good and use impatience as an incentive for cooperation. To determine if and
more » ... to donate to this public good, each participant calculates how patient it should be in obtaining the public good. We quantify patience using the Volunteer's Timing Dilemma (VTD), which we extend to general multihop network settings. Using our generalized VTD analysis, each node individually computes as its dominant strategy the amount of time to wait before joining the backbone. We evaluate our protocol using both simulations and an implementation. Our results show that, even though participants in our system deliberately wait before volunteering, a backbone is formed quickly. Further, the quality of the backbone (such as the size and resulting network lifetime) is comparable to that of existing backbone protocols that assume altruistic behavior.
doi:10.1145/1269899.1254896 fatcat:nb6fualn4bffxfvfykkasyzqxm