Title page for ETD etd-06212011-022747


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Bera, Soumava
Author's Email Address sbera@vt.edu
URN etd-06212011-022747
Title Design and Implementation of a MAC protocol for Wireless Distributed Computing
Degree Master of Science
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Reed, Jeffrey Hugh Committee Chair
Dietrich, Carl B. Committee Co-Chair
Volos, Haris I. Committee Member
Keywords
  • CSMA/CA
  • Polling
  • rate adaptation
  • Software Defined Radio
  • wireless distributed computing
  • MAC
  • OSSIE Reliable data transfer
Date of Defense 2011-06-20
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The idea of wireless distributed computing (WDC) is rapidly gaining recognition owing to its promising potential in military, public safety and commercial applications. This concept basically entails distributing a computationally intensive task that one radio device is assigned, among its neighboring peer radio devices. The added processing power of multiple radios can be harnessed to significantly reduce the time consumed in obtaining the results of the original complex task. Since the idea of wireless distributed computing depends on a radio device forming a network with its peers, it is imperative and necessary to have a medium access control (MAC) protocol for such networks which is capable of scheduling channel access by multiple radios in the network, ensuring reliable data transfer, incorporating rate adaptation as well as handling link failures. The thesis presented here elaborates the design and implementation of such a MAC protocol for WDC employed in a practical network of radio devices configurable through software. It also brings to light the design and implementation constraints and challenges faced in this endeavor and puts forward viable solutions.
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