Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

10-2008

Abstract

Wireless link layer multicast is an important service primitive for emerging applications, such as live video, streaming audio, and other content telecasts. The broadcast nature of the wireless channel is amenable to multicast because a single packet transmission may be received by all clients in the multicast group. However, in view of diverse channel conditions at different clients, the rate of such a transmission is bottlenecked by the rate of the weakest client. Multicast throughput degrades severely. Attempts to increase the data rate result in lower reliability and higher unfairness. This paper utilizes smart beamforming antennas to improve multicast performance in wireless LANs. The main idea is to satisfy the stronger clients with a high-rate omnidirectional transmission, followed by high-rate directional transmission(s) to cover the weaker ones. By selecting an optimal transmission strategy (using dynamic programming), we show that the multicast throughput can be maximized while achieving a desired delivery ratio at all the clients. We use testbed measurements to verify our main assumptions. We simulate our protocol in Qualnet, and observe consistent performance improvements over a range of client topologies and time-varying channel conditions.

Keywords

Adaptive antenna arrays, Broadcast channels, Multicast protocols, Telecommunication network topology, Time-varying channels, Wireless LAN, Wireless channels, Qualnet, Audio streaming, Beamforming antenna, Broadcast channel, Client topology, Dynamic programming, High-rate omnidirectional transmission, Multicast protocol, Smart antenna, Time-varying channel, Wireless LAN, Wireless channel, Wireless link layer multicast

Discipline

Software Engineering

Research Areas

Software and Cyber-Physical Systems

Publication

IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols: 16th ICNP '08: Orlando, Florida, October 19-22, 2008

First Page

53

Last Page

62

ISBN

9781424425068

Identifier

10.1109/ICNP.2008.4697024

Publisher

IEEE

City or Country

Piscataway, NJ

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/10.1109/ICNP.2008.4697024

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