Title: Wireless network design: a space-filling curve approach

Authors: Thin-Yin Leong, Chao-Hsien Chu

Addresses: School of Information Systems, Singapore Management University, 178902, Singapore. ' College of Information Sciences and Technology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA

Abstract: Wireless networks have experienced rapid adoption in recent years. Although installing a small wireless network is relatively easy, deploying a large-scale enterprise wireless infrastructure requires careful planning, so as to minimise cost while meeting various Quality of Service (QoS) requirements. Existing research has mainly focused on formulating simpler mathematical models or finding solution approaches. The major difficulty in these methods is in the numerous measurements, of signal strengths between possible user and base-station (or access point) locations, required to provide the input data. In this paper, we propose an efficient Space-Filling Curve (SFC)-based heuristic for solving the network design problem. The SFC heuristic is easy to implement, fast in execution and can provide good first-cut solutions. Most importantly, the SFC|s property of preserving |nearness| among points makes the solution feasible and sound, and thereby reduces the signal strength measurements effort needed.

Keywords: wireless LANs; wireless networks; network design; space-filling curve; SFC; heuristics; local area networks; signal strength measurements.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMNDI.2007.017322

International Journal of Mobile Network Design and Innovation, 2007 Vol.2 No.3/4, pp.180 - 189

Available online: 26 Feb 2008 *

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