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Architectures and Algorithms for Future Wireless Local Area Networks
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Computer Science. (DISCO)
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Future Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) with high carrier frequencies and wide channels need a dense deployment of Access Points (APs) to provide good performance. In densely deployed WLANs associations of stations and handovers need to be managed more intelligently than today.

This dissertation studies when and how a station should perform a handover and to which AP from a theoretical and a practical perspective. We formulate and solve optimization problems that allow to compute the optimal AP for each station in normal WLANs and WLANs connected via a wireless mesh backhaul. Moreover, we propose to use software defined networks and the OpenFlow protocol to optimize station associations, handovers and traffic rates. Furthermore, we develop new mechanisms to estimate the quality  of a link  between a station and an AP. Those mechanisms allow optimization algorithms to make better decisions about when to initiate a handover. Since handovers in today’s WLANs are slow and may disturb real-time applications such as video streaming, a faster procedure is developed in this thesis.

Evaluation results from wireless testbeds and network simulations show that our architectures and algorithms significantly increase the performance of WLANs, while they are backward compatible at the same time.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2012. , 227 p.
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2012:53
Keyword [en]
WLAN, IEEE 802.11, network management, software defined networking, OpenFlow, optimization, handover, mobility
National Category
Communication Systems
Research subject
Computer Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-15393ISBN: 978-91-7063-464-2OAI: diva2:563553
Public defence
2012-12-14, 1B306, 11:00 (English)
Available from: 2012-11-23 Created: 2012-10-30 Last updated: 2012-11-23Bibliographically approved

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