Throughput and energy efficiency of opportunistic routing with type-I HARQ in linear multihop networks

Davide Chiarotto, Osvaldo Simeone, Michele Zorzi

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Opportunistic routing is a well-known technique that exploits the broadcast nature of wireless transmissions and path diversity to form the route in an adaptive manner based on current channel conditions. This paper studies the throughput advantages of opportunistic routing over conventional multihop routing for linear multihop wireless networks with type-I Hybrid Automatic Repeat reQuest (HARQ) and quasi-static Rayleigh fading channels. The end-to-end throughput of opportunistic routing is derived using Markov chain tools and accounting for fading statistics. Both fixed-rate and optimal-rate transmissions are considered. Moreover, an investigation of the throughput using standard information-theoretic performance metrics for asymptotic signal-to-noise ratio regimes is provided. Specifically, the multiplexing gain and energy efficiency (i.e., minimum energy per bit) of both opportunistic and multihop routing are analyzed. Numerical results are given to corroborate the analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2010 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, GLOBECOM 2010
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781424456383
StatePublished - 2010
Event53rd IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2010 - Miami, FL, United States
Duration: Dec 6 2010Dec 10 2010

Publication series

NameGLOBECOM - IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference


Other53rd IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMiami, FL

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • End-to-end throughput
  • Energy efficiency
  • Opportunistic routing
  • Spectral efficiency


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