Online Learning for Shortest Path and Backpressure Routing in Wireless Networks

Omer Amar, Kobi Cohen

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Abstract

We consider the adaptive routing problem in multihop wireless networks. The link states are assumed to be random variables drawn from unknown distributions, independent and identically distributed across links and time. This model has attracted a growing interest recently in cognitive radio networks and adaptive communication systems. In such networks, devices are cognitive in the sense of learning the link states and updating the transmission parameters to allow efficient resource utilization. This model contrasts sharply with the vast literature on routing algorithms that assumed complete knowledge about the link state means. The goal is to design an algorithm that learns online optimal paths for data transmissions to maximize the network throughput while attaining low path cost over flows in the network. We develop a novel Online Learning for Shortest path and Backpressure (OLSB) algorithm to achieve this goal. We show theoretically that OLSB achieves a logarithmic regret, defined as the loss of an algorithm as compared to a genie that has complete information about the link state means. Simulation results support the theoretical findings and demonstrate strong performance of the OLSB algorithm.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2021 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages2702-2707
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538682098
DOIs
StatePublished - 12 Jul 2021
Event2021 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2021 - Virtual, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 12 Jul 202120 Jul 2021

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings
Volume2021-July
ISSN (Print)2157-8095

Conference

Conference2021 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2021
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityVirtual, Melbourne
Period12/07/2120/07/21

Keywords

  • Adaptive routing
  • backpressure routing
  • cognitive radio networks
  • online learning
  • shortest path routing

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