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Mobile Information Systems
Volume 7, Issue 4, Pages 285-298

Performance Evaluation of Acoustic Underwater Data Broadcasting Exploiting the Bandwidth-Distance Relationship

P. Nicopolitidis,1 K. Christidis,1 G. I. Papadimitriou,1 P. G. Sarigiannidis,2 and A. S. Pomportsis1

1Department of Informatics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Box 888, 54124, Thessaloniki, Greece
2Department of Engineering Informatics and Telecommunications, University of Western Macedonia, 50100, Kozani, Greece

Received 31 October 2011; Accepted 31 October 2011

Copyright © 2011 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Despite being a fundamental networking primitive, data broadcasting has so far received little attention in the context of underwater networks. This paper proposes an adaptive push system for data broadcasting in underwater acoustic wireless networks with locality of client demands. The proposed system exploits the characteristic relationship between the bandwidth of an underwater acoustic link and the transmitter-receiver distance in order to improve performance in environments with locality of client demands. Simulation results show superior performance of the proposed approach in the underwater environment compared to existing systems.