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Time-based Fairness Improves Performance in Multi-Rate WLANs

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Time-based Fairness Improves Performance in Multi-Rate WLANs
The performance seen by individual clients on a wireless local area network (WLAN) is heavily influenced by the manner in which wireless channel capacity is allocated. The popular MAC protocol DCF (Distributed Coordination Function) used in 802.11 networks provides equal long-term transmission opportunities to competing nodes when all nodes experience similar channel conditions. When similar-sized packets are also used, DCF leads to equal achieved throughputs (throughputbased fairness) among contending nodes. Because of varying indoor channel conditions, the 802.11 standard supports multiple data transmission rates to exploit the trade-off between data rate and bit error rate. This leads to considerable rate diversity, particularly when the network is congested. Under such conditions, throughput-based fairness can lead to drastically reduced aggregate throughput. In this paper, we argue the advantages of time-based fairness, in which each competing node receives an equal share of the ...
Godfrey Tan, John V. Guttag
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Type Conference
Year 2004
Where USENIX
Authors Godfrey Tan, John V. Guttag
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