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Author(s): Ricardo Moraes
Paulo Portugal
Francisco Vasques
Ricardo F. Custódio
Title: Assessment of the IEEE 802.11e EDCA protocol limitations when dealing with real-time communication
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: The timing behavior of the EDCA mechanism defined in the IEEE 802.11e standard is analyzed. More specifically, the target of this paper is to evaluate the limitations of the highest priority level of the EDCA mechanism (voice category) when supporting real-time (RT) communication. By RT communication, we mean small-sized packets generated in periodic intervals that must be delivered before the end of the message stream period. Otherwise, the message is considered to be delayed and a deadline loss occurs. We have assessed the EDCA mechanism considering an open communication environment, where both RT and non-RT stations share the same frequency band. Furthermore, a realistic error-prone model channel was used to measure the impact of interferences against an error-free channel. We show that, for most part of the evaluated scenarios, when using the default parameters of the EDCA mechanism both the number of packet losses and the average packet delays forecast an unacceptable number of deadline losses. However, if adequate Contention Windows (CW) parameters are configured in the set of RT stations, it becomes possible to adequately handle RT traffic. As a conclusion of this paper, we present some potential future directions toward improved QoS in wireless networks.
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
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