Mohammad Nassiri, Fabrice Theoleyre, Martin Heusse, Andrzej Duda

Molecular Architecture for Spontaneous Wireless Mesh Networks

In Proceedings of the 8th Scandinavian Workshop on Wireless Ad-hoc Networks — ADHOC’08. Stockholm, Sweden, May 7-8, 2008

Wednesday 7 May 2008

We present a novel view on wireless mesh networks by adopting a molecular analogy—mesh routers can be nuclei or electrons in an atom. We assign roles to routers so that the resulting
mesh is composed of independent atoms using different channels to limit interference. We define an efficient frame forwarding mechanism between adjacent atoms by extending the operation of the standard 802.11 DCF access method. We propose two distributed and autonomous algorithms for constructing and maintaining a mesh molecule with desired properties. Our preliminary performance results indicate significant performance improvement compared to proposed mechanisms so far.

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