Title: Packet loss-ratio based scheduler: an adaptive scheduling scheme to increase the number of multimedia applications in WLAN

Authors: M.G. Jibukumar, Raja Datta, Prabir K. Biswas

Addresses: Division of Electronics, School of Engineering, Cochin University, Cochin-22, India. ' Department of Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, 721302, India. ' Department of Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, 721302, India

Abstract: The reference scheduler in IEEE 802.11e fails to maintain the goal of quality of service (QoS) support and high network efficiency simultaneously. In this paper we investigate channel access schemes to increase the number of multimedia applications in wireless local area network (WLAN) while maintaining the QoS requirements. We have developed a scheduling scheme, named as packet loss-ratio based scheduler (PLS) that takes into account the packet losses occurred while allotting the transmission time to a multimedia stream. To implement this scheme the access point (AP) requires only the queue size information and can be implemented within the format of IEEE 802.11e. The simulation results show that the PLS can accommodate more number of traffic streams and can also randomise the packet loss from a traffic stream, which is a requirement for multimedia coder-decoders (CODECs) to conceal the distortion.

Keywords: wireless LANs; local area networks; WLAN; HCF controlled channel access; HCCA; packet loss; quality of service; QoS; multimedia; IEEE 802.11e; adaptive scheduling.

DOI: 10.1504/IJUWBCS.2011.038634

International Journal of Ultra Wideband Communications and Systems, 2011 Vol.2 No.1, pp.34 - 43

Published online: 17 Feb 2011 *

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