A Network Coding Approach to Energy Efficient Broadcasting: from Theory to Practice
We show that network coding allows to realize energy savings in a wireless ad-hoc network, when each node of the network is a source that wants to transmit information to all other nodes. Energy efficiency directly affects battery life and thus is a critical design parameter for wireless networks. We propose an implementable method for performing network coding in such a setting. We analyze theoretical cases in detail, and use the insights gained to propose a practical, fully distributed method for realistic wireless ad-hoc scenarios. We address practical issues such as setting the forwarding factor, managing generations, and impact of transmission range. We use theoretical analysis and packet level simulation.