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Title: TCP Performance over Wi-Fi
Speaker: Shiva Raj Pokhrel
Date: 10:30am, 10th Dec 2015
Venue: EN615, Level 6, EN Building
Abstract: We propose an analytical model for a Wi-Fi network acting as a last-mile Internet access with multiple long-lived TCP connections on both the up and down links. Our model considers the joint impact of buffer losses at the access point, contention at the medium access control layer, and packet losses due to the wireless channel being erroneous. We show that the model accurately quantifies the probability of an arbitrary TCP packet being discarded, and the total throughput obtained on the up and down links. Furthermore, quantitative insights can be gained into the throughput that long-lived TCP flows achieve under the joint impact of all aforementioned types of losses. In particular, we find that the wireless channel errors and buffer overflows both lead to throughput unfairness, but that they do so in the opposite direction on the up and down links, respectively. We demonstrate that this insight can be exploited so as to significantly mitigate the throughput unfairness without compromising the total obtainable network throughput.
Biography: Shiva Raj Pokhrel received the Master of Computer Engineering degree from NCIT Pokhara University. He is currently working toward the PhD degree at CAIA, Swinburne University of Technology under the supervision of Prof. Hai Vu and Dr. Manoj Panda. He has been a BSS engineer at Nepal Telecom since 2007. His areas of research are performance analysis and optimization of data communication networks, Wi-Fi, 3G/4G.
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