Performance comparison of message encoding techniques for bacterial nanonetworks

Vitaly Petrov, Boya Deng, Dmitri Moltchanov, Sasitharan Balasubramaniam, Yevgeni Koucheryavy

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    Utilizing bacteria as information carriers is a promising technique for molecular communication to establish connections and networking capabilities between micro-and nanoscale devices. A particular process, that is of interest in this paper, and vital to achieve reliable networking performance in bacterial nanonetwork, is conjugation. Conjugation is a process where bacteria come within close range to form physical connections to allow plasmids to be transferred. However, there are a number of processes that could cause loss or damage during the transfer process, such as external vibrations. Message encoding techniques are envisioned as a promising technique to mitigate these effects. In this study we first define the concept of optimal message encoding for bacterial nanonetworks providing the upper bound on the message delivery time and the probability of message delivery within the specified time. We then investigate the effect of encoding on the performance of these metrics by proposing and numerically comparing several feasible encoding techniques. The performance comparison has been done using a specifically developed simulation environment capturing bacteria movement and interactions. Numerical results demonstrate that even the simple encoding strategies allow to significantly improve the performance compared to the baseline system.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2016 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC 2016
    ISBN (Electronic)9781467398145
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Sept 2016
    Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
    EventIEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference -
    Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …

    Publication series

    NameIEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference
    ISSN (Electronic)1558-2612


    ConferenceIEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference
    Period1/01/00 → …

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 1

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Engineering


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