Network and Traffic Design Aspects in Network-Coding-Enabled Wireless Networks


Practical experience of using opportunistic network coding has already been gained in several real network deployments, indicating the influence of some of the fundamental characteristics of the network and the traffic load. However, these aspects have not been systematically investigated in the scope of the construction of efficient and robust large-scale network-coding-enabled wireless mesh networks. In this paper we focus on these aspects using an example of two opportunistic networkcoding procedures: the well-known COPE and the Bearing Opportunistic Network coding (BON). In addition, the design aspects for network-coding-enabled wireless mesh networks and applications are discussed. We have shown that opportunistic network coding can improve the performance of different networks and supported applications in terms of throughput, delay and jitter, although the benefits are not significant in all the cases. Thus, the use of opportunistic network coding should be considered upfront during the wireless network design phase in order to obtain the greatest benefits.

Author Biographies

Mihael Mohorcic, Jozef Stefan Instituite Jamova 39 SI-1000 Ljubljana Slovenia
Department of Communication Systems Head of department
Ales Svigelj, Jozef Stefan Instituite Jamova 39 SI-1000 Ljubljana Slovenia
Department of Communication Systems Senior Research fellow


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How to Cite
ALIC, Kemal; MOHORCIC, Mihael; SVIGELJ, Ales. Network and Traffic Design Aspects in Network-Coding-Enabled Wireless Networks. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTERS COMMUNICATIONS & CONTROL, [S.l.], v. 14, n. 3, p. 293-310, may 2019. ISSN 1841-9844. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 30 sep. 2020. doi:


opportunistic network coding, network coding algorithm, wireless multihop networks, simulations; traffic design