Cross-layer Optimization to Maximize Fairness among TCP Flows of different TCP Flavors

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Abstract

A significant body of recent research has analyzed the problematic behavior of TCP over wireless links, and a plethora of modifications to TCP have been proposed in order to increase its performance in such contexts. Two schools of thought have emerged: the first proposes changes to the end-to-end protocol, while the second explores the potential to enhance lower layers as a means to improve the end-to-end performance of TCP. This paper focuses on the latter, and in contrast to most research in this area, which thus-far has concentrated on a single TCP flavor, examines the case where different TCP flavors are competing over a wireless link. To this end, we present and assess a cross-layer solution that involves the adaptation of lower layer characteristics (i.e., the coding rate) based on the detected TCP flavor, in order to maximize the fairness among TCP flows. Through extensive numerical investigations, we show that the proposed scheme considerably improves the fairness over wireless links among different TCP flavors. Our approach also has a minimal effect on the aggregate throughput of the TCP flows, and in cases where the packet error rate is very low, has a small positive effect on throughput.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE GLOBECOM 2008
Subtitle of host publicationIEEE Global Telecommunications Conference
Place of PublicationPiscataway, N.J.
PublisherIEEE
Pages5080-5085
Number of pages6
VolumeN/A
EditionN/A
ISBN (Print)9781424423248
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventIEEE Global Telecommunications Conference (GLOBECOM 08) - New Orleans, LA
Duration: 30 Nov 20084 Dec 2008

Publication series

NameGLOBECOM 2008 - 2008 IEEE GLOBAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE

Conference

ConferenceIEEE Global Telecommunications Conference (GLOBECOM 08)
CityNew Orleans, LA
Period30/11/20084/12/2008

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