Universal Computation with Low-Complexity Wireless Relay Networks


Eric Slottke, Raphael Rolny, and Armin Wittneben


Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers, Pacific Grove, CA, USA, Nov. 2012.

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We propose a method for enabling complex computations in a network of low-complexity wireless devices. By utilizing multihop relaying, such devices can form the wireless equivalent of an artificial neural network (ANN). We provide a method for programming the network functionality in a decentralized fashion and demonstrate the robustness of wireless ANNs against node failures and imperfections. Applications of this scheme exist in low-complexity sensor networks, where elaborate calculations can be carried out in a distributed fashion, or for creating powerful ANNs with very high degrees of interconnectivity realized by the wireless medium.

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