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Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing
Volume 2017, Article ID 4974165, 22 pages
Research Article

Efficient Network Coding with Interference-Awareness and Neighbor States Updating in Wireless Networks

Northwest University, Xi’an, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Xianjia Meng; nc.ude.uwn@maijnaix and Dingyi Fang; nc.ude.uwn@fyd

Received 11 March 2017; Accepted 2 July 2017; Published 12 September 2017

Academic Editor: Bernard Cousin

Copyright © 2017 Xiaojiang Chen et al. 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.


Network coding is emerging as a promising technique that can provide significant improvements in the throughput of Internet of Things (IoT). Previous network coding schemes focus on several nodes, regardless of the topology and communication range in the whole network. Consequently, these schemes are greedy. Namely, all opportunities of combinations of packets in these nodes are exploited. We demonstrate that there is still room for whole network throughput improvement for these greedy design principles. Thus, in this paper, we propose a novel network coding scheme, ECS (Efficient Coding Scheme), which is designed to achieve a higher throughput improvement with lower computational complexity and buffer occupancy compared to current greedy schemes for wireless mesh networks. ECS utilizes the knowledge of the topologies to minimize interference and obtain more throughput. We also prove that the widely used expected transmission count metric (ETX) in opportunistic listening has an inherent error ratio that would lead to decoding failure. ECS therefore exploits a more reliable broadcast protocol to decrease the impact of this inherent error ratio in ETX. Simulation results show that ECS can greatly improve the performance of network coding and decrease buffer occupancy.