We introduce anonymous wireless rings: a new computational model for ring networks. In the well-known hardware ring each processor has two buffers, one corresponding to each of its neighbors. In the wireless ring each processor has a single buffer and cannot distinguish which neighbor the arriving bit comes from. This feature substantially increases anonymity of the ring. A priori it is not clear whether any nontrivial computation can be performed on wireless rings. Nevertheless we show that wireless rings are computationally equivalent to hardware rings.

Theoretical Computer Science
School of Computer Science

Diks, K. (Krzysztof), Kranakis, E, Malinowski, A. (Adam), & Pelc, A. (Andrzej). (1995). Anonymous wireless rings. Theoretical Computer Science, 145(1-2), 95–109. doi:10.1016/0304-3975(94)00178-L