Understanding and embracing the complexities of the molecular communication channel in liquids

Jiaming Wang, Dongyin Hu, Chirag Shetty, Haitham Hassanieh

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Abstract

Molecular communication has recently gained a lot of interest due to its potential to enable micro-implants to communicate by releasing molecules into the bloodstream. In this paper, we aim to explore the molecular communication channel through theoretical and empirical modeling in order to achieve a better understanding of its characteristics, which tend to be more complex in practice than traditional wireless and wired channels. Our study reveals two key new characteristics that have been overlooked by past work. Specifically, the molecular communication channel exhibits non-causal inter-symbol-interference and a long delay spread, that extends beyond the channel coherence time, which limit decoding performance. To address this, we design, μ-Link a molecular communication protocol and decoder that accounts for these new insights. We build a testbed to experimentally validate our findings and show that μ-Link can improve the achievable data rates with significantly lower bit error rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
Event26th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking, MobiCom 2020 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Sep 21 2020Sep 25 2020

Conference

Conference26th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking, MobiCom 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period9/21/209/25/20

Keywords

  • Diffusion
  • Inter-Symbol-Interference
  • Micro-Implants
  • Molecular Communication
  • Non-Causal Channel
  • Viterbi

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Software

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