Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Publication Date

12-2014

Abstract

Next generation WLANs (802.11ac) are undergoing a major shift in their communication paradigm with the introduction of multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO), transitioning from single-user to multi-user communications. We argue that the conventional AP deployment model of co-located antennas as well as their PHY and MAC mechanisms are not designed to realize the complete potential of MUMIMO. We propose to leverage distributed antenna systems (DAS) to empower next generation 802.11ac networks. We highlight the multitude of benefits that DAS brings to MU-MIMO and 802.11ac in general. However, several challenges arise in the process of realizing these benefits in practice, where avoiding client modifications and making only minimal software modifications to APs is important to enable rapid adoption. Towards addressing these challenges, we present the design and implementation of MIDAS, the Multiple-Input Distributed Antenna System. MIDAS couples a DAS deployment of AP antennas with a suite of novel yet standards-compatible mechanisms at the PHY and MAC layers that best leverage the DAS deployment to maximize 802.11ac performance. Our WARP-based experimental evaluation demonstrates MIDAS’s ability to significantly boost the performance of current 802.11ac design, demonstrating throughput gains over 802.11ac MU-MIMO for 100-200%, while remaining amenable to commercial adoption.

Keywords

Distributed antenna system, Multi-user MIMO, 802.11ac

Discipline

Software Engineering

Research Areas

Software and Cyber-Physical Systems

Publication

CoNEXT'14: Proceedings of the 10th ACM International on Conference on Emerging Networking Experiments and Technologies: December 2-5, 2014, Sydney, Australia

First Page

29

Last Page

40

ISBN

9781450332798

Identifier

10.1145/2674005.2675014

Publisher

ACM

City or Country

New York

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1145/2674005.2675014

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