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Analytical modeling of multipath TCP over last-mile wireless

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posted on 01.06.2017, 00:00 authored by Shiva PokhrelShiva Pokhrel, M Panda, H L Vu
We develop a comprehensive analytical model for multiple long-lived multipath Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) connections downloading content from a remote server in the Internet using parallel paths with Wi-Fi and cellular last-miles. This is the first analytical model developed in the literature that captures the coupling between the paths through heterogeneous wireless networks where the coupling arises due to the multipath TCP coupled congestion control protocol. The model also takes into account the impact of the shared nature of the wireless medium and the finite access point (AP) buffer in the Wi-Fi last-mile. The accuracy of the proposed model is demonstrated via extensive ns-2 simulations. Furthermore, we discover a new type of throughput unfairness among the competing regular and multipath TCP connections going through the same AP with a droptail buffer; the regular TCP connections essentially steal almost all the Wi-Fi bandwidth away from the multipath TCP connections. To tackle this problem, we present two simple solutions utilizing our analytical model and achieve fairness.

History

Journal

IEEE/ACM transactions on networking

Volume

25

Issue

3

Pagination

1876 - 1891

Publisher

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Location

Piscataway, N.J.

ISSN

1063-6692

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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