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Graph Theoretic Model for Community Wireless Networks

  1. 1. A Graph Theoretic Approach for Analysis and Design of Community Wireless Networks Abdelnasser M. Abdelaal and Hesham H. Ali Department of Computer Science College of Information Science and Technology University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE 68182 {aabdelaal | hali}@mail.unomaha.edu Amcis2008 Amcis2008
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Graph Modeling </li></ul><ul><li>Proposed Graph Theoretic Model </li></ul><ul><li>Significance of Research </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>Amcis2008
  3. 3. What are Community Wireless Networks <ul><li>It is about “digital inclusion:” </li></ul><ul><li>The world Internet penetration is 20.0 %. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Government solutions may not be applicable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commercial Internet solutions are not viable for communities that have: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Low income, limited population density, remote locations, harsh geography. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>The overall objective is to improve the socio-economic well-being of the community at large. </li></ul><ul><li>A simple CWN: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When two neighbors, friends, family members, or roommates share an access point. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A citywide CWN: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When a big community (or municipality) shares a few access points. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It could grow, or concatenate with other WiFi hotspots, to form a city-wide wireless network. </li></ul></ul>Amcis2008 Amcis2008
  4. 4. What are Community Wireless Networks, Cont. <ul><li>Definition: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CWNs are wireless networks owned, built and operated by the local community for the purpose of providing affordable or free wireless access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They are built by the shared resources of communities (e.g., times, effort, money donations, skills, beliefs, values and computing resources. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They are value networks where digital resources are brokered: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Commercial values </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Non-commercial values </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Similar wireless networks: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Municipal wireless </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WiFi hotspots </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Private wireless LANs </li></ul></ul>Private WLANs Municipal Wireless CWNs
  5. 5. Issues of CWNs <ul><li>Issues of CWNs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CWNs are complex systems with several social, economic, and technical variables. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There is a lack of theories and general models that describe and analyze these emerging networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CWNs are mixed with municipal wireless networks, and public WiFi hotspots </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Literature has been influenced by computer geeks and non academicians. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How can we measure the contributions and the benefits of stakeholders </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Objective: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using graph theory to describe and analyze CWNs and solve related problems. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We used a socio-technical approach is used to find the Internet connectivity solution that fits a specific social group </li></ul>Amcis2008 Amcis2008
  6. 6. Developing a Wireless Network Suitable for a Specific Social Network Amcis2008 The social graph supported by the CWN The wireless graph that serves the community <ul><li>Will the attributes of the community determine the suitable connectivity solution ? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Why Graph Theory <ul><li>Why graph concepts? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We can tie the social resources with technical resources in a single artifact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The distance between local residents and the connection between them is important for coverage issues and antenna placement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The properties ( social ties, trust, distance, density) of the social group determine the most suitable solution and technology (ad-hoc, infrastructure BSS, extended service set). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In a classic village or neighborhood, “ everyone knows everyone else ” and it is easier for them to share a wireless network. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Actors are more likely to be connected with one another if they are geographically near to one another. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CWNs represent a new form of complex networks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They represent collective actions in the digital domain similar to open source software development </li></ul></ul>Amcis2008
  8. 8. What is a Graph? <ul><li>A graph is a mathematical model G(V,E) comprises a set V of vertices and a set E of edges. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The node set could be anything. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The set of edges represent ties between nodes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If there is a tie between a and b, then {a,b} ⊆ E : a,b ∈ V and a≠b}. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>then we say vertices a and b are adjacent and the edge {a, b} joins them or connects them or is incident on them. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two edges that share one vertex, such as {a,b} and {b,c} with a≠c, are adjacent to each other. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Edges could have weights, the weight of {a,b} is 5. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vertex {f} is isolated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We have three components {f}, {h, g}, {a, b, c, d, e} </li></ul></ul>Amcis2008 Amcis2008 a b c d e f h g 5
  9. 9. What can graphs model? <ul><li>Health Care </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Health support systems, spread of diseases </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Computer Science[ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost of wiring computer networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analyzing peer-to-peer networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analyzing online social networks (e.g., emails, blogs, MySpace) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Management Science </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate strategic alliances, organizational hierarchy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information flows, trade, partnerships </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Social Science </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Neighboring behavior, community participation, civic engagement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Children groups, friendship, high school cliques </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work teams, voluntary associations, social movements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social contacts (kinship, terrorism, crime networks) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Economics and Finance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good exchange, market contracts, and trade agreements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Many other applications in anthropology, transportation, biology </li></ul>Amcis2008 Amcis2008 The world is composed of networks
  10. 10. Community Wireless Networks Computer Science Management Science Social Science Economics and Finance CWNs: A Multidisciplinary Approach <ul><li>CWNs are socio-technical networks </li></ul><ul><li>There is a heavy confluence between social, economic, and technical variables </li></ul><ul><li>We can model them in a single artifact </li></ul>
  11. 11. Proposed Graph Theoretic Model <ul><li>. </li></ul>Amcis2008 Amcis2008 Outputs Inputs Volunteerism, donations, partnerships, node hosting, OSS, frequency regulation, social ties and values CWNs Value proposition, incentives, management, ownership, pricing, funding, acceptance QoS, security, reliability, node placement, coverage, data rate, signal interference Tech factors Social factors Graph theory Physical capital, social capital and human capital Variables of CWNs Implementation phase Operation phase Educational, commercial, medical, municipal, societal, and personal services Mobility, affordability, time and effort savings, resource sharing Social and economic development
  12. 12. A Graph Theoretic Model for CWNs, cont. <ul><li>Each CWN is composed of a wireless graph ( or network) that serves a social graph </li></ul><ul><li>The wireless graph: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The wireless network is a directed graph Gw = (Vw, Ew) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Its nodes are workstations, routers, extenders, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Its links are the wireless signals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>These links have attributes such as bit rate, packet delay, packet loss, security, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The social graph: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The community is represented by a directed graph Gs (Vs, Es), </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Its set of nodes Vs represents actors or CWNs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Its set of edges Es represent the social ties and interactions between these stakeholders. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>These ties could be kinship, neighborhood, collaboration, friendship, reciprocation, trust, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vs has three categories of actors: beneficiaries, contributors, and isolated nodes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Edges are weighted by the contributions and the benefits of participants. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Benefits include free Internet access, donated PCs, technical expertise, exposure, or spiritual benefits. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contributions include voluntary work or technical skills, donating money or old equipment, hosting a wireless node. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The confluence and interaction between these two graphs determine the functionality of CWNs </li></ul>Amcis2008 Amcis2008
  13. 13. Advantages of this Model <ul><li>It provides the vocabularies, concepts and the mathematical operations that could be used to label, denote, quantify and measure variables of CWNs; </li></ul><ul><li>It gives us the ability to prove theories and deduce testable statements related to CWNs as complex networks. </li></ul><ul><li>We can determine who are the main actors in the network? </li></ul><ul><li>Who has control over what flows in the network? </li></ul><ul><li>We can identify the location with best visibility to install the facilities </li></ul><ul><li>We can cluster nodes in a way that provides better coverage and higher performance </li></ul><ul><li>We can identify bottlenecks or central nodes that provide the only connection between different parts of the network. </li></ul><ul><li>We can measure the flows of tangible (e.g., donations) and intangibles (e.g., trust, social cohesion, influence, knowledge) in the network </li></ul><ul><li>We can identify isolated nodes </li></ul><ul><li>It shows the importance of structural properties of communities while developing CWNs </li></ul>
  14. 14. Modeling Stakeholders of CWNs <ul><li>Stakeholders of CWNs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community members, Volunteers, municipalities, businesses, technology vendors, nonprofit organizations, open source software developers, academic institutions, students, churches, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>These stakeholders could be classified into beneficiaries, contributors, and isolates. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Their contributions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Donations, partnerships, volunteerism, technical skills, sharing a wireless signal with others. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>These contributions represent the role of social communities in building and sustaining their own wireless networks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Their benefits: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing free Internet access to bridge the digital divide; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improving the business opportunities in the area; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improving the civic engagement and political participation; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supporting municipal services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Obtaining technical expertise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gaining publicity and exposure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improving the well-being of the community at large. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We can use concepts of graph theory to measure their contributions and benefits? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is important to empower them and engage them in building and maintaining these networks </li></ul></ul>Amcis2008
  15. 15. Modeling The Omaha Wireless Network Washington Library Elmwood Park UNO Rosenblatt Stadium <ul><li>Micro-Macro level of analysis </li></ul><ul><li>We view the Omaha wireless network as a value network </li></ul><ul><li>The columns represent benefits and the rows represent contributions of different actors </li></ul>- - 0 0 Access to public places Municipalities 0 - Access points 0 Access points Tech. vendors Reputation Publicity - Exposure Publicity community   0 Technical skills - Reputation Students Reputation Publicity Free internet, old PCs, civic engagement Experience , free internet - PKI Municipalities Vendors Omaha community Students PKI  
  16. 16. Determining Where to Install the Access Point <ul><li>A central actor is the one that is involved in many ties. </li></ul><ul><li>The PKI is the graph center </li></ul><ul><li>We installed access points at PKI because of its high centrality </li></ul><ul><li>The administration unit is also hosted by PKI because of its high centrality </li></ul>Amcis2008
  17. 17. Modeling Community Contributions to Build the Network Amcis2008 <ul><li>A matrix is a different way to represent a graph </li></ul><ul><li>If the cell value is “1”, the network receives this type of contribution and vis versa </li></ul>
  18. 18. Modeling Community Contributions to Build the Network, Cont. Amcis2008 <ul><li>We can classify contributors of CWNs and measure their contributions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Green nods represent contributors and red nods represent IDs of CWNs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Main actors are volunteers, advocates, and money donors in different CWNs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The edges are weighted by the value of their contributions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This is important to reciprocate them and empower similar actors </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Modeling Community Contributions to Build the Network, Cont Amcis2008   time money Tech.support Sharing OSS Other Time 1 0.06 0.46 0.59 0.3 0.22 Money 0.06 1 0.06 0.2 0.28 0.2 tech.support 0.46 0.06 1 0.23 0.3 0.22 Sharing 0.59 0.2 0.23 1 0.13 0.18 develop software 0.3 0.28 0.3 0.13 1 0.46 Other 0.22 0.2 0.22 0.18 0.46 1 The Similarity Matrix between Different Types of Community Contributions
  20. 20. Significance of Research <ul><li>For practitioners: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This model expands the problem solving abilities of CWNs practitioners. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It helps them to distinguish CWNs from municipal wireless networks and commercial WiFi hotspots </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It helps communities to assess their potential resources that could be mobilized to develop a community-centric wireless network </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For researchers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This graph representation of CWNs provides a rich set of conceptual measures and insights to guide current and future research related to community and municipal wireless networks. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It helps us to solve a number of key problems using well defined algorithms such as identifying proper places for positioning access points using the concept of graph centers or finding the best grouping of nodes in the network using the concept of clustering in graphs. </li></ul></ul>Amcis2008 Amcis2008
  21. 21. Significance of Research, Cont. <ul><li>The model limitations: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is difficult to aggregate the tangible and intangible benefits and contributions of CWNs’ actors. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is difficult to include all actors in the study. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CWNs are networks not systems </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Current and future work: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Addressing the impact of the social variables (e.g., community size, density of the network, and types of used applications) on the technical factors such as signal interference, QoS, throughput, and the optimal network size. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Measuring the role of CWNs in generating social capital and human capital. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Measuring the trust in the domain of CWNs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The originality of our research : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Modeling CWNs in a single artifact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We consider the multidisciplinary nature of CWNs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic flows, social networks, and computer networks are interrelated in CWNs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The tangible and intangible contributions and benefits of CWNs stakeholders have measurable economic value </li></ul></ul>Amcis2008 Amcis2008
  22. 22. Conclusion <ul><li>We view a CWN as two graphs: a social graph and a wireless graph. </li></ul><ul><li>We used graph concepts to model and attribute CWNs </li></ul><ul><li>CWNs are value networks where digital resources are brokered among community members </li></ul><ul><li>The attributes and the interactions between the components of these two graphs determine different aspects of CWNs. </li></ul><ul><li>This quantitative artifact helps us to study CWNs and measure their related variables </li></ul><ul><li>It helps us to decide where to install the access point or router </li></ul><ul><li>It helps us to classify the stakeholders of CWNs and identify their contributions and benefits. </li></ul><ul><li>Future work will focus on measuring the role of CWNs in creating social and human capital </li></ul>Amcis2008 Amcis2008
  23. 23. www.liewcf.com/.../diy-wifi-antenna.jpg
  24. 24. <ul><li>gtresearchnews.gatech.edu /.../hybrid- network.htm </li></ul>

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