Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Electrical Engineering, Measurement and Control Technology
Abstract The major challenges of designing multicast traffic control protocols for a combined wired/wireless network are the varying transmission characteristics (bandwidth, error, and propagation delay) of the wireless and wired media, and the different, possibly conflicting frame rate requests from multiple sources. To address these issues, in this paper we design and evaluate new unicast and multicast guaranteed frame rate (GFR) schemes for supporting TCP/IP traffic over a combined wired/wireless ATM network. We first propose a new, flexible weighted buffer management, and a frame‐based virtual spacing (VS) mechanism implementing weighted fair queueing. The unicast GFR scheme is based on the integration of the new weighted buffer management, and either cell‐based or frame‐based VS. It is then extended to support multicast GFR flows. The multicast scheme presented in this paper is the first multicast GFR scheme appeared in the literature. These schemes are carefully evaluated over several network configuration, supporting heterogeneous TCP/IP traffic with various frame rates. Simulation results show that the new schemes guarantee the minimum rates requested, provide excellent fairness, and achieve reasonably high efficiency. The new schemes may be extended to provide differentiated service in both IP and mobile IP frame work.
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