Title

Low Latency Broadcast in Multi-rate Wireless Mesh Networks

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

11-2006

Abstract

In a multirate wireless network, a node can dynamically adjust its link transmission rate by switching between different modulation schemes. In the current IEEE802.11a/b/g standards, this rate adjustment is defined for unicast traffic only. In this paper, we consider a wireless mesh network (WMN), where a node can dynamically adjust its link-layer multicast rates to its neighbors, and address the problem of realizing low-latency network-wide broadcast in such a mesh. We first show that the multirate broadcast problem is significantly different from the single-rate case. We will then present an algorithm for achieving low-latency broadcast in a multirate mesh which exploits both the wireless multicast advantage and the multirate nature of the network. Simulations based on current IEEE802.11 parameters show that multirate multicast can reduce broadcast latency by 3-5 times compared with using the lowest rate alone. In addition, we show the significance of the product of transmission rate and transmission coverage area in designing multirate WMNs for broadcast.

Discipline

Software Engineering

Research Areas

Software Systems

Publication

IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications, Special Issue on “Multi-Hop Wireless Mesh Networks”

Volume

24

Issue

11

First Page

2081

Last Page

2091

ISSN

0733-8716

Identifier

10.1109/JSAC.2006.881621

Publisher

IEEE

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/JSAC.2006.881621

Comments

Special Issue on “Multi-Hop Wireless Mesh Networks”