Title: Ubiquitous fair bandwidth allocation for multimedia traffic on a WiMAX mesh network with multi-channels

Authors: Scott Fowler; Xingjun Zhang

Addresses: Department of Science and Technology, Linköping University, SE-601 74, Norrköping, Sweden ' Department of Computer Science, School of Electronic & Information Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, 710049, Xi'an, China

Abstract: WiMAX technology can be used as ''last mile ubiquitous'' broadband connections to deliver streaming audio or video to clients. Thus, Quality of Service (QoS) is very important for WiMAX networks. Providing QoS in multi-hop WiMAX networks such as WiMAX mesh networks is challenging since the WiMAX mesh networks MAC is connectionless based. The scheduling function plays a crucial role in QoS support. However, multimedia traffic is bursty in nature, therefore, in this paper, we will discuss the potential unfairness that bursty traffic may be subjected to and propose a new frame-based packet scheduling algorithm.

Keywords: 802.16; WiMAX; scheduling; wireless mesh; multi-channel networks; bandwidth allocation; QoS; quality of service; ubiquitous wireless networks; multimedia traffic.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAHUC.2012.047009

International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing, 2012 Vol.9 No.4, pp.224 - 240

Published online: 24 May 2012 *

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