Supporting real-time and interactive traffic in addition to traditional data traffic with a best-effort nature represents a constantly rising need in any kind of telecommunications environment. The IEEE 802.11 based WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network) environment does not represent an exception. This is why at different protocol layers, and primarily at the MAC layer, many efforts are being put by both the research community and the standardization bodies to design effective mechanisms for user QoS (Quality of Service) differentiation. Although early results are coming into sight, such as, for example, the IEEE 802.11e standard release, still a thorough research activity is required. Aim of the present paper is to contribute to the cited research issue by proposing an improvement to the “static” traffic prioritisation mechanism foreseen by the IEEE 802.11e MAC (Medium Access Control) protocol. This latter shows a twofold drawback. First, there is no certainty that QoS requirements relevant to a given application are always fulfilled by the “statically” associated priority. Second, resource requests of the applications are not adapted to the (usually highly) variable traffic conditions of a distributed WLAN environment. The algorithm we propose is specifically tailored to “dynamically” assign 802.11e MAC priorities, depending on both application QoS requirements and observed network congestion conditions. It is carefully designed, implemented into a system simulation tool, and its highly effective behaviour assessed under variable traffic and system conditions.
|Titolo:||Providing Throughput Guarantees in 802.11e WLAN Through a Dynamic Priority Assignment Mechanism|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2005|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|