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Modifying the IEEE 802.11 MAC Protocol for Multi-hop Reservation in MIMC Tactical Ad Hoc Networks

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3 Author(s)
Youn-Chul Cho ; Grad. Sch., Dept. of Comput. Eng., Ajou Univ., Suwon, South Korea ; Sun-Joong Yoon ; Young-Bae Ko

In multi-interface multi-channel (MIMC) based tactical ad hoc networks, QoS support is one of the main challenging issues for multi-hop transmissions. To support QoS in such a harsh environment, we propose a novel MAC scheme to minimize multi-hop as well as per-hop delay. The current IEEE 802.11 MAC protocols should contend to reserve the channel resource at every hop by each sender. The every-hop channel contention results in a degradation of end-to-end delay for multi-hop transmissions. The basic idea of our scheme is to make a "multi-hop reservation" at the MAC layer by using the modified RTS frame. It contains additional information such as destination information, packet priority, and hop count, etc. Our scheme can minimize the multi-hop delay and support the QoS of the critical data in real time (i.e., VoIP, sensing video data, Video conference between commanders). Our simulation study and numerical analysis show that the proposed scheme outperforms the IEEE 802.11 MAC.

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Advanced Information Networking and Applications (WAINA), 2011 IEEE Workshops of International Conference on

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22-25 March 2011