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Dynamic Queue Utilization Based MAC for Multi-Hop Ad Hoc Networks
Marchang J, Ghita BV, Lancaster D
Infocommunications Journal - A Scientific Association for Infocommunications (HTE), Volume VII Number 3 ISSN 2061-2079, pages: 25-32, 2015
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The end-to-end throughput in single flow multi-hop Ad Hoc networks decays rapidly with path length. Along the path, the success rate of delivering packets towards the destination decreases due to higher contention, interference, limited buffer size and limited shared bandwidth constraints. In such environments the queues fill up faster in nodes closer to the source than in the nodes nearer the destination. In order to reduce buffer overflow and improve throughput for a saturated network, this paper introduces a new MAC protocol named Dynamic Queue Utilization Based Medium Access Control (DQUB-MAC). The protocol aims to prioritise access to the channel for queues with higher utilization and helps in achieving higher throughput by rapidly draining packets towards the destination. The proposed MAC enhances the performance of an end-to-end data flow by up to 30% for a six hop transmission in a chain topology and is demonstrated to remain competitive for other network topologies and for a variety of packet sizes.

Marchang J, Ghita BV, Lancaster D