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Title: Performance analysis under finite load and improvements for multirate 802.11
Authors: Cantieni, G
Ni, Q
Barakat, C
Turletti, T
Keywords: IEEE 802.11b;Wireless LAN;Stochastic processes;Queueing theory;Network measurements
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Elsevier Computer Communications Journal. 28 (10) 1095-1109
Abstract: Automatic rate adaptation in CSMA/CA wireless networks may cause drastic throughput degradation for high speed bit rate stations (STAs). The CSMA/CA medium access method guarantees equal long-term channel access probability to all hosts when they are saturated. In previous work it has been shown that the saturation throughput of any STA is limited by the saturation throughput of the STA with the lowest bit rate in the same infrastructure. In order to overcome this problem, we ¯rst introduce in this paper a new model for ¯nite load sources with multirate capabilities. We use our model to investigate the throughput degradation outside and inside the saturation regime. We de¯ne a new fairness index based on the channel occupation time to have more suitable de¯nition of fairness in multirate environments. Further, we propose two simple but powerful mechanisms to partly bypass the observed decline in performance and meet the proposed fairness. Finally, we use our model for ¯nite load sources to evaluate our proposed mechanisms in terms of total throughput and MAC layer delay for various network con¯gurations.
ISSN: 0140-3664
Appears in Collections:Electronic and Computer Engineering
Dept of Electronic and Computer Engineering Research Papers

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