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Size-based and direction-based TCP fairness issues in IEEE 802.11 WLANs.


Khademi , Naeem and Othman , Mohamed (2010) Size-based and direction-based TCP fairness issues in IEEE 802.11 WLANs. EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, 2010 (49). pp. 1-27. ISSN 1687-1499


Cross-layer interaction of Distributed Coordination Function (DCF) of 802.11 MAC protocol and TCP transport protocol leads to two types of unfairness. In a mixed traffic scenario, short-lived TCP flows suffer from poor performance compare to the aggressive long-lived flows. Since the main source of Internet traffic is small file web transfers, this issue forms a major challenge in current WLANs which is called size-based unfairness. In addition, when sharing an access point bottleneck queue, upstream flows impede the performance of downstream flows resulting in direction-based unfairness. Proposed solutions in literature mostly rely on size-based scheduling policies. However each proposed method is able to solve any of these two mentioned aspects, none of them can provide both size-based and direction-based fairness in a unique solution. In this paper, we propose a novel queue management policy called Threshold-based Least Attained Service-Selective Acknowledgment Filtering (TLAS-SAF). We show analytically and by simulation that TLAS-SAF is capable of providing both direction-based and size-based fairness and can be taken into account as a unique solution to be applied at access point buffers.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corp.
Keywords: TCP protocol; QoS; Fairness; IEEE 802.11; WLAN.
Depositing User: Ms. Nida Hidayati Ghazali
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2013 01:50
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2015 23:45
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/16734
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