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Topology Formation and Network Coding for Multi-source Multicast Satellite Communications Networks


Space Vehicles Directorate, RV/Space and Planetary Sciences

opportunity location
13.40.01.C0063 Kirtland Air Force Base, NM 871175776


name email phone
Khanh Dai Pham 505.846.4823


Satellite communications networks are characterized by high bandwidth and ease of mobility with minimum coverage cost. However, when certain network topologies (i.e., Geo-synchronous Orbit [GEO] satellites with fixed terminals, GEO with mobile terminals, and Low Earth Orbit satellites) are of concern, high computational complexity issues arise. Because of network topology characteristics, so many of the network formations that give optimal performance are required to find scalable and stable solutions subject to large sizes and mobility of the networks. Primary interests of this research opportunity are in integrated systematic approaches and guidelines for overlay protocols that interface with either the transport layer or lower layers. Specifically, distributed network topology formations with polynomial complexity are desired to automatically endow nodes in the network some autonomy to decide whether to make links with neighbor nodes or not, while considering the cost required for link formation. In addition, with respect to the bottleneck issue incurred by the multi-source multicast flows, network coding is being considered as a promising technique that is capable of enhancing efficient resource usage and improving robustness and throughput.



Kamamura S, Fukuda A, et al: “Resolution of Network Topology using Fast Graph Mining”. IEEE ICC 2017 Communications QoS, Reliability, and Modeling Symposium, 2017

Liang C, Yu FR: “Enhancing Mobile Edge Caching with Bandwidth Provisioning in Software Defined Mobile Networks”. IEEE ICC 2017 Mobile and Wireless Networking, 2017


key words
Satellite communications; Topology formation; Network coding; Multi-source multicast networks;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$95,000.00 $5,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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