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Fair scheduling in wireless packet networks

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3 Author(s)
Songwu Lu ; Coordinated Sci. Lab., Illinois Univ., Urbana, IL, USA ; Bharghavan, V. ; Srikant, R.

Fair scheduling of delay and rate-sensitive packet flows over a wireless channel is not addressed effectively by most contemporary wireline fair-scheduling algorithms because of two unique characteristics of wireless media: (1) bursty channel errors and (2) location-dependent channel capacity and errors. Besides, in packet cellular networks, the base station typically performs the task of packet scheduling for both downlink and uplink flows in a cell; however, a base station has only a limited knowledge of the arrival processes of uplink flows. We propose a new model for wireless fair-scheduling based on an adaptation of fluid fair queueing (FFQ) to handle location-dependent error bursts. We describe an ideal wireless fair-scheduling algorithm which provides a packetized implementation of the fluid mode, while assuming full knowledge of the current channel conditions. For this algorithm, we derive the worst-case throughput and delay bounds. Finally, we describe a practical wireless scheduling algorithm which approximates the ideal algorithm. Through simulations, we show that the algorithm achieves the desirable properties identified in the wireless FFQ model

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Networking, IEEE/ACM Transactions on  (Volume:7 ,  Issue: 4 )