Design aspects of short-range millimeter-wave networks: A MAC layer perspective

Hossein Shokri-Ghadikolaei, Carlo Fischione, Petar Popovski, Michele Zorzi
2016 IEEE Network  
Design aspects of short range millimeter wave networks: A MAC layer perspective. IEEE Network Access to the published version may require subscription. N.B. When citing this work, cite the original published paper. Permanent link to this version: Abstract Increased density of wireless devices, ever growing demands for extremely high data rate, and spectrum scarcity at microwave bands make the millimeter wave (mmWave) frequencies an important player in future wireless networks. However, mmWave
more » ... mmunication systems exhibit severe attenuation, blockage, deafness, and may need microwave networks for coordination and fall-back support. To compensate for high attenuation, mmWave systems exploit highly directional operation, which in turn substantially reduces the interference footprint. The significant differences between mmWave networks and legacy communication technologies challenge the classical design approaches, especially at the medium access control (MAC) layer, which has received comparatively less attention than PHY and propagation issues in the literature so far. In this paper, the MAC layer design aspects of short range mmWave networks are discussed. In particular, we explain why current mmWave standards fail to fully exploit the potential advantages of short range mmWave technology, and argue for the necessity of new collision-aware hybrid resource allocation frameworks with on-demand control messages, the advantages of a collision notification message, and the potential of multihop communication to provide reliable mmWave connections. PLACE PHOTO HERE Hossein Shokri-Ghadikolaei (hshokri@kth.se) is a Ph.D. student at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in communication systems from
doi:10.1109/mnet.2016.7474349 fatcat:qyegklrzkrf3rkllriq4znycd4