Throughput-fairness tradeoff evaluation for next-generation WLANs with adaptive clear channel assessment

Wessam Afifi, Enrico Henrik Rantala, Esa Tuomaala, Sayantan Choudhury, Marwan M Krunz

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Abstract

In order to meet the exponential increase in wireless demand, new technologies are being considered for next-generation Wi-Fi systems (e.g., IEEE 802.11ax). Among these technologies is the adaptation of clear channel assessment (CCA) thresholds for high-efficiency (HE) stations (STAs) according to the beacon's received signal strength indicator (RSSI). The motivation behind this approach is to enhance the network throughput by improving the spatial reuse (i.e., allowing simultaneous transmissions from nearby STAs). There exists an inherent tradeoff between increasing the network throughput, via adapting the CCA thresholds for HE STAs, and maintaining fairness between legacy and HE STAs. In this paper, we provide a theoretical framework to evaluate the aforementioned tradeoff. We also propose a centralized fairness mechanism (CFM), in which STAs switch between an adaptive phase (CCA adaptation is allowed) and a fixed phase (legacy and HE STAs use the same CCA threshold). We formulate an optimization problem with the objective of determining the optimal switching strategy that maximizes the network throughput while maintaining a lower bound on per-STA throughput. Finally, we validate the proposed mechanism using simulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781479966646
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 12 2016
Event2016 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2016 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: May 22 2016May 27 2016

Other

Other2016 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2016
CountryMalaysia
CityKuala Lumpur
Period5/22/165/27/16

Keywords

  • Clear channel assessment threshold adaptation
  • IEEE 802.11ax
  • Network-throughput/fairness tradeoff

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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