Dynamic spectrum utilization in ad hoc networks

Violet Syrotiuk, M. Cui, S. Ramkumar, Charles Colbourn

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This paper considers the problem of adaptively utilizing temporal and spatial "holes" in spectrum for communications. In addition to improving spectrum utilization, it also enables the rapid deployment of military assets into remote areas where the spectrum assignment may differ. The problem raises issues related to modelling available spectrum, link establishment, and methods to employ the holes. In a tactical environment, evading interception and detection is critical; hence coding and steganographic techniques are applied. A simulation study investigates trade-offs between an automatic repeat request (ARQ) scheme and a scheme employing erasure codes in predicted holes for high packet loss rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)665-678
Number of pages14
JournalComputer Networks
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 5 2004


  • Digital battlefield
  • Mobile ad hoc networks
  • Spectrum utilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications


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