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Concurrent Transmissions in IR-UWB Networks: an Experimental Validation
Citation key CVMDRL-CTIRUWBN-09
Author Colli-Vignarelli, James and Vernez, Jerome and Merz, Ruben and Dehollain, Catherine and Robert, Stephan and Le Boudec, Jean-Yves
Title of Book Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Ultra-Wide Band (ICUWB '09)
Pages 534–539
Year 2009
ISBN 978-1-4244-2930-1
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICUWB.2009.5288777
Location Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Month September
Publisher ACM
Abstract We experimentally demonstrate and validate that concurrent and parallel transmissions are feasible for low data-rate impulseradio ultra-wide band (IR-UWB) physical layers. The optimal organization for a low data-rate IR-UWB network is to allow for concurrent transmissions at the link layer, and to use interference mitigation techniques at the physical layer. In fact, even low data-rate IR-UWB physical layers can suffer from multi-user interference (MUI), especially in near-far scenarios. However, the practical feasibility of such a design has yet to be experimentally tested and validated. Therefore, we perform an experimental validation with a packet-based, low data-rate IR-UWB physical layer testbed. Our results clearly demonstrate that concurrent IR-UWB transmissions are possible. This shows that completely uncoordinated low data-rate IR-UWB networks are feasible. We also demonstrate that, in the presence of MUI, an interference mitigation scheme at the physical layer is indeed necessary. Because it is the first component for the proper receiption of a packet, we focus on packet detection and timing acquisition. We show that a traditional scheme is not robust against multiuser interference, and prevents concurrent transmissions. On the contrary, a scheme designed to take MUI into account, even with a very simple interference mitigation scheme, allows for concurrent transmissions, even in strong near-far scenarios.
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