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    A new MAC scheme for very high-speed WLANs

    Li, Tianji and Ni, Qiang and Leith, Douglas J. and Malone, David and Xiao, Yang and Turletti, Thierry (2006) A new MAC scheme for very high-speed WLANs. In: Proceedings of WoWMoM2006. 2006 International Symposium on a World of Wireless Mobile and Multimedia Networks, 26-29 June 2006, Buffalo-Niagara Falls, New York.

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    We consider the medium access control (MAC) layer for very high-speed Wireless LANs, which is designed to support rich multimedia applications such as high-definition television. In such networks, the physical (PHY) layer data rate is proposed to exceed 216Mbps. The legacy MAC layer, however, greatly restricts the performance improvement due to its overhead. It has been shown that MAC utilizes less than 20% of the transportation ability provided by the PHY layer. To mitigate this inefficiency, we propose an Aggregation with Fragment Retransmission (AFR) scheme, which supports transmissions of very large frames and partial retransmissions in the case of errors. Aggregation allows for increased performance despite per-transmission overhead while partial retransmission alleviates the risk of losing the entire frame. Extensive simulations show that AFR fundamentally outperforms the legacy MAC protocol. It is particularly effctive for applications with high data rates and large packet sizes such as HDTV and high-rate UDP tra±c. For applications with very low data rates and small packet sizes such as Voice over IP, AFR performs slightly better.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Additional Information: Copyright Notice "©2006 IEEE. Reprinted from Proceedings of WoWMoM2006. 2006 International Symposium on a World of Wireless Mobile and Multimedia Networks. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE."
    Keywords: Access protocols; Multimedia communication; Wireless LAN; AFR scheme; MAC protocol; Aggregation-fragment retransmission; Medium access control layer; Multimedia application; Partial retransmission; Very high-speed WLAN; Wireless local area network.
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > Hamilton Institute
    Item ID: 1499
    Depositing User: Dr. David Malone
    Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2009 14:43
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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