Sum Rate Optimization of Multi-Standard IEEE 802.11 WLANs

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Original languageEnglish
Article number8594628
Pages (from-to)3055-3068
Journal / PublicationIEEE Transactions on Communications
Volume67
Issue number4
Online published28 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

Abstract

Aimed at providing high data rate in wireless local area networks (WLANs), the IEEE 802.11ac standard has been developed with key enhancements, including increasing the transmission rate and enlarging the packet payload length. The improvement in the sum rate performance, nevertheless, could become marginal or even disappear when nodes of legacy 802.11a/n standards coexist. It is, therefore, of paramount importance to study how to optimize the network sum rate of a multi-standard WLAN. In this paper, a multi-group model is proposed to analyze the data rate performance of a multi-standard WLAN where nodes with different standards have distinct transmission rates and packet payload lengths. It is shown that the packet payload length is a key system parameter that has a crucial impact on both the network sum rate and the ratio of node data rates. The enhancement proposed in the latest 802.11ac standard on enlarging the packet payload length can improve the data rate performance of its own nodes, but it may lead to the starvation of the legacy 802.11a/n nodes, and even impair the sum rate performance. To maximize the network sum rate with given target ratios of node data rates, the optimal packet payload lengths with or without joint tuning of the initial backoff window sizes are further obtained, which shed important light on the optimal network design of WLANs.

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  • 802.11ac, differentiation, frame aggregation, multi-standard WLAN, sum rate optimization

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Sum Rate Optimization of Multi-Standard IEEE 802.11 WLANs. / Gao, Yayu; Sun, Xinghua; Dai, Lin.

In: IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 67, No. 4, 8594628, 04.2019, p. 3055-3068.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review