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Cooperative wireless networks supporting multiple services necessitate the application of a robust bandwidth allocation policy to ensure Quality of Service (QoS) provision to different applications. In this work, a load dependent bandwidth allocation technique is presented considering traffic priority and buffer load in the relay nodes of a cooperative communication network. An analytical approach for bandwidth sharing is provided along with a delay analysis, verifying that the proposed scheme can efficiently provide traffic differentiation, satisfying, also, the QoS requirements in terms of bandwidth, packet transmission rate and delay. The results obtained by the analysis are validated via simulations, confirming the improved network performance in terms of throughput and delay.
Date of Conference: June 28 2011-July 1 2011