Many scheduling algorithms for time division multiple access (TDMA) have proposed to achieve collision-free transmissions of data frames within each time-slot of a single communication channel in multi-hop packet radio networks. A scheduled-access approach consists of establishing transmission schedules in a way that eliminates collisions and achieving efficient spatial reuse of the available bandwidth. Efficient scheduling with channel reuse can render much higher channel utilization than fixed assignment approaches, such as TDMA and frequency division multiple access (FDMA).
Scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz have developed a novel topology-dependant TDMA method that acts as a collision-free medium access control (MAC) protocol that resolves contentions for time division multiple access (TDMA) for a single communication channel. By employing distributed election of a shared transmission schedule, the system can allow for collision-free access and increase the use of bandwidth.
|United States Of America||Issued Patent||7,046,639||05/16/2006||2000-383|
Ad hoc networks, network access, shared transmission, communication networks, collision-free channel access,, Cat3