WSN01-1: Frame Aggregation and Optimal Frame Size Adaptation for IEEE 802.11n WLANs

TitleWSN01-1: Frame Aggregation and Optimal Frame Size Adaptation for IEEE 802.11n WLANs
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsLin, Y., and V. W. S. Wong
Conference NameGlobal Telecommunications Conference, 2006. GLOBECOM '06. IEEE
Pagination1 -6
Date Publishednov.
KeywordsA-MPDU, A-MSDU, access protocols, bi-directional data transfer, de facto standards, error-prone channels, IEEE 802.11n WLAN, IEEE standards, MAC Protocol Data Unit Aggregation, MAC Service Data Unit Aggregation, medium access control, optimal frame size adaptation, physical layer transmission rate, uni-directional data transfer, wireless channels, wireless LAN, wireless local area networks

The IEEE 802.11a/b/g have been widely accepted as the de facto standards for wireless local area networks (WLANs). The recent IEEE 802.11n proposals aim at providing a physical layer transmission rate of up to 600 Mbps. However, to fully utilize this high data rate, the current IEEE 802.11 medium access control (MAC) needs to be enhanced. In this paper, we investigate the performance improvement of the MAC protocol by using the two frame aggregation techniques, namely A-MPDU (MAC Protocol Data Unit Aggregation) and A-MSDU (MAC Service Data Unit Aggregation). We first propose an analytical model to study the performance under uni-directional and bi-directional data transfer. Our proposed model incorporates packet loss either from collisions or channel errors. Comparison with simulation results show that the model is accurate in predicting the network throughput. We also propose an optimal frame size adaptation algorithm with A-MSDU under error-prone channels. Simulation results show that the network throughput performance is significant improved when compared with both randomized and fixed frame aggregation algorithms.


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