Distributed bare-bones communication in wireless networks

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We consider wireless networks operating under the SINR model of interference. Nodes have limited individual knowledge and capabilities: they do not know their positions in a coordinate system in the plane, further they do not know their neighborhoods, nor do they know the size of the network n, and finally they cannot sense collisions resulting from simultaneous transmissions by at least two neighbors. Each node is equipped with a unique integer name, where N as an upper bound on the a range of names. We refer as a backbone to a subnetwork induced by a diameter-preserving dominating set of nodes. Let Δ denote a maximum number of nodes that can successfully receive a message transmitted by a node when no other nodes transmit concurrently. We study distributed algorithms for communication problems in three settings. In the single-node-start case, when one node starts an execution and other nodes are awoken by receiving messages from already awoken nodes, we present a randomized broadcast algorithm that wakes up all nodes in O(nlog 2N) rounds with high probability. For the synchronized-start case, when all nodes start an execution simultaneously, we give a randomized algorithm computing a backbone in O(Δ log 7N) rounds with high probability. In the partly-coordinated-start case, when a number of nodes start an execution together and other nodes are awoken by receiving messages from the already awoken nodes, we develop an algorithm that creates a backbone in time O(nlog 2N+ Δ log 7N) with high probability

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-80
Number of pages22
JournalDistributed Computing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2022


  • Backbone
  • Broadcast
  • Signal-to-interference-plus-noise ratio
  • Wireless network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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