Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

4-2008

Abstract

This paper focuses on the problem of increasing the traffic capacity (volume of admissible traffic) of broadcast and multicast flows in a wireless mesh network (WMN). We study and suggest routing strategies where the process of constructing the forwarding tree considers three distinct features: (a) the ability of individual mesh nodes to perform link-layer broadcasts at multiple rates, (b) the wireless broadcast advantage, whereby a single broadcast transmission covers multiple neighboring receivers and (c) the residual transmission capacity at a WMN node, subject to intereference-based constraints from existing traffic flows in its neighborhood. Our metric of interest is the total number of broadcast and multicast flows that can be admitted into the network, without resulting in unacceptable degradation in metrics such as packet loss and dissemination latency. Our discrete event simulations show that the broadcast tree construction heuristic which takes both transmission rate and residual bandwidth into account out-performs those that do not. Building on our work on resource-aware broadcast tree construction, we propose a resource-aware multicast tree construction algorithm which exploits the multiple link-layer rates, the wireless broadcast advantage and the amount of resources available. Simulation results show that this algorithm performs better than heuristics based on pruning a broadcast tree or shortest path trees.

Keywords

wireless mesh networks, broadcast, multicast, routing, admission control, rate-diversity

Discipline

Software Engineering

Research Areas

Software and Cyber-Physical Systems

Publication

Mobile Networks and Applications

Volume

13

Issue

1/2

First Page

38

Last Page

53

ISSN

1383-469X

Identifier

10.1007/s11036-008-0029-5

Publisher

Springer Verlag

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/10.1007/s11036-008-0029-5

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