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Sensors 2011, 11(12), 11717-11735; doi:10.3390/s111211717

A Cost Effective Block Framing Scheme for Underwater Communication

The Graduate School of Business IT, Kookmin University, Jeongneung-ro 77, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 136-702, Korea
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Received: 16 November 2011 / Revised: 13 December 2011 / Accepted: 13 December 2011 / Published: 16 December 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Underwater Sensor Nodes and Underwater Sensor Networks)
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In this paper, the Selective Multiple Acknowledgement (SMA) method, based on Multiple Acknowledgement (MA), is proposed to efficiently reduce the amount of data transmission by redesigning the transmission frame structure and taking into consideration underwater transmission characteristics. The method is suited to integrated underwater system models, as the proposed method can handle the same amount of data in a much more compact frame structure without any appreciable loss of reliability. Herein, the performance of the proposed SMA method was analyzed and compared to those of the conventional Automatic Repeat-reQuest (ARQ), Block Acknowledgement (BA), block response, and MA methods. The efficiency of the underwater sensor network, which forms a large cluster and mostly contains uplink data, is expected to be improved by the proposed method.
Keywords: underwater MAC; block framing; ARQ; BA; MA; SMA underwater MAC; block framing; ARQ; BA; MA; SMA
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