Introduction. - Cognitive Radio Networking Preliminaries.- State-of-the-art of Cognitive Radio Networks.- Opportunistic Spectrum Access Challenges in Distributed Cognitive Radio Networks. - Rate-Adaptive Probabilistic Approach for Opportunistic Spectrum Access.- RAP-MAC Performance Optimization with Statistical PRN Guarantees.- RAP-MAC Performance Evaluation in Large-Scale Networks.- Hardware Implementation. - RAP-MAC Empirical Performance Evaluation. - Conclusions and Future Directions. - Glossary.
Tackles the cognitive radio networks performance optimization problem, taking into account the practical limitations of today's technologies Provides thorough performance evaluation in arbitrary, large-scale networks, as well as microscopic, small-scale performance evaluation, using realistic hardware implementation Presents an empirical study of the gains available over existing techniques by adopting practical approaches