On minimizing the total power of k-strongly connected wireless networks

Hanan Shpungin, Michael Segal

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Given a wireless network, we want to assign each node a transmission power, which will enable transmission between any two nodes (via other nodes). Moreover, due to possible faults, we want to have at least k vertex-disjoint paths from any node to any other, where k is some fixed integer, depending on the reliability of the nodes. The goal is to achieve this directed k-strong connectivity with a minimal overall power assignment. The problem is NP-Hard for any k ≤ 1 already for planar networks. Here we first present an optimal power assignment for uniformly spaced nodes on a line for any k ≤ 1. We also prove a number of useful properties of power assignment which are also of independent interest. Based on it, we design an approximation algorithm for linear radio networks with factor min{2(Δ/δα}, where Δ and δ are the maximal and minimal distances between adjacent nodes respectively and parameter α ≤ 1 being the distance-power gradient. We then extend it to the weighted version. Finally, we develop an approximation algorithm with factor O(k 2), for planar case, which is, to the best of our knowledge, the first non-trivial result for this problem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1075-1089
Number of pages15
JournalWireless Networks
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 May 2010


  • Approximation algorithms
  • Connectivity
  • Power assignment
  • Wireless networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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