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Performance analysis of IEEE 802.11e contention-based channel access

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4 Author(s)
Zhen-Ning Kong ; Dept. of Electr. & Electron. Eng., Hong Kong Univ. of Sci. & Technol., China ; Tsang, D.H.K. ; Bensaou, B. ; Deyun Gao

The new standard IEEE 802.11e is specified to support quality-of-service in wireless local area networks. A comprehensive study of the performance of enhanced distributed channel access (EDCA), the fundamental medium access control mechanism in IEEE 802.11e, is reported in this paper. We present our development of an analytical model, in which most new features of the EDCA such as virtual collision, different arbitration interframe space (AIFS), and different contention window are taken into account. Based on the model, we analyze the throughput performance of differentiated service traffic and propose a recursive method capable of calculating the mean access delay. Service differentiation functionality and effectiveness of the EDCA are investigated through extensive numerical and simulation results. The model and the analysis provide an in-depth understanding and insights into the protocol and the effects of different parameters on the performance.

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Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Journal on  (Volume:22 ,  Issue: 10 )