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TCP performance over Wi-Fi: joint impact of buffer and channel losses

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posted on 01.05.2016, 00:00 authored by Shiva PokhrelShiva Pokhrel, M Panda, H L Vu, M Mandjes
We propose an analytical model for a Wi-Fi network acting as a last-mile Internet access with multiple long-lived TCP connections on both the up and down links. Our model considers the joint impact of buffer losses at the access point, contention at the medium access control layer, and packet losses due to the wireless channel being erroneous. We show that the model accurately quantifies the probability of an arbitrary TCP packet being discarded, and the total throughput obtained on the up and down links. Furthermore, quantitative insights can be gained into the throughput that long-lived TCP flows achieve under the joint impact of all aforementioned types of losses. In particular, we find that the wireless channel errors and buffer overflows both lead to throughput unfairness, but that they do so in the opposite direction on the up and down links, respectively. We demonstrate that this insight can be exploited so as to significantly mitigate the throughput unfairness without compromising the total obtainable network throughput.

History

Journal

IEEE transactions on mobile computing

Volume

15

Issue

5

Pagination

1279 - 1291

Publisher

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Location

Piscataway, N.J.

ISSN

1536-1233

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2015, IEEE