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Hop-Based Dynamic Fair Scheduler for Wireless Ad-Hoc Networks
Marchang J, Ghita BV, Lancaster D
Proceedings of 7th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Networks and Telecommunications Systems (ANTS), 15-18 December 2013, Chennai, India, ISBN: 978-1-4799-1477-7, pp1-6, 2013
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In a typical multihop Ad-Hoc network, interference and contention increase when flows transit each node towards destination, particularly in the presence of cross-traffic. This paper observes the relationship between throughput and path length, self-contention and interference and it investigates the effect of multiple data rates over multiple data flows in the network. Drawing from the limitations of the 802.11 specification, the paper proposes a scheduler named Hop Based Multi Queue (HBMQ), which is designed to prioritise traffic based on the hop count of packets in order to provide fairness across different data flows. The simulation results demonstrate that HBMQ performs better than a Single Drop Tail Queue (SDTQ) scheduler in terms of providing fairness. Finally, the paper concludes with a number of possible directions for further research, focusing on cross-layer implementation to ensure the fairness is also provided at the MAC layer.

Marchang J, Ghita BV, Lancaster D