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  • Research Article
  • Open Access

LAMAN: Load Adaptable MAC for Ad Hoc Networks

EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20052005:527237

  • Received: 31 July 2003
  • Published:


In mobile ad hoc radio networks, mechanisms on how to access the radio channel are extremely important in order to improve network efficiency. In this paper, the load adaptable medium access control for ad hoc networks (LAMAN) protocol is described. LAMAN is a novel decentralized multipacket MAC protocol designed following a cross-layer approach. Basically, this protocol is a hybrid CDMA-TDMA-based protocol that aims at throughput maximization in multipacket communication environments by efficiently combining contention and conflict-free protocol components. Such combination of components is used to adapt the nodes' access priority to changes on the traffic load while, at the same time, accounting for the multipacket reception (MPR) capability of the receivers. A theoretical analysis of the system is developed presenting closed expressions of network throughput and packet delay. By simulations the validity of our analysis is shown and the performances of a LAMAN-based system and an Aloha-CDMA-based one are compared.

Keywords and phrases

  • cross-layer
  • MAC
  • ad hoc
  • CDMA
  • TDMA
  • multiuser detection.

Authors’ Affiliations

Telecommunications Technological Centre of Catalonia, Catalonia, Barcelona, 08034, Spain


© Realp and Pérez-Neira 2005