Green frame aggregation scheme for Wi-Fi networks

Maha S. Alaslani, Ahmad Showail, Basem Shihada

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Frame aggregation is a major enhancement in the IEEE 802.11 family to boost the network performance. The increasing awareness about energy efficiency motivates the re-think of frame aggregation design. In this paper, we propose a novel Green Frame Aggregation (GFA) scheduling scheme that optimizes the aggregate size based on channel quality in order to minimize the consumed energy. GFA selects an optimal sub-frame size that satisfies the loss constraint for real-time applications as well as the energy budget of the ideal channel. This scheme is implemented and evaluated using a testbed deployment. The experimental analysis shows that GFA outperforms the conventional frame aggregation methodology in terms of energy efficiency by about 6x in the presence of severe interference conditions. Moreover, GFA outperforms the static frame sizing method in terms of network goodput while maintaining the same end-to-end latency.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 IEEE 16th International Conference on High Performance Switching and Routing (HPSR)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISBN (Print)9781479998715
StatePublished - Jun 2 2016


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