Modelling Incentives for Collaboration in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks
The concept of introducing incentives for collaboration into the architecture
of mobile ad hoc networks is an important step. Incentives motivate nodes to
cooperate so that multi-hop communication is achievable and utilisation of
energy and spectrum resources can be improved. The introduction of incentives
also allows us to consider the dynamics of cooperation and the preferences of
nodes within a system. This leads us naturally to the use of pricing
mechanisms, which have found application in rate control in wireline networks
and resource control in wireless networks.
In this talk, the issue of how prices can be determined automatically, and in
a distributed fashion, will be considered, together with how routes can be
selected based on the price of forwarding traffic along a particular route.
The stability of the system is demonstrated through simulations. Dynamic
networks are also studied, where users can enter, leave and move through the
network. This research will be placed in the broader context of resource
management in mobile and wireless networks.