The Multicast Capacity of Large Multihop Wireless Networks Academic Article uri icon


  • We consider wireless ad hoc networks with a large number of users. Subsets of users might be interested in identical information, and so we have a regime in which several multicast sessions may coexist. We first calculate an upper bound on the achievable transmission rate per multicast flow as a function of the number of multicast sources in such a network. We then propose a simple comb-based architecture for multicast routing, which achieves the upper bound in an order sense under certain constraints. Compared to the approach of constructing a Steiner tree to decide multicast paths, our construction achieves the same order-optimal results while requiring little location information and no computational overhead. 1993-2012 IEEE.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Shakkottai, S., Liu, X., & Srikant, R.

citation count

  • 48

publication date

  • December 2010