Authors: George Paschos, Li Chih-Ping, Eytan Modiano, Kostas Choumas and Thanasis Korakis
Journal: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (TNET), December 2015
Abstract: We present a novel control scheme that dynamically optimizes multirate multicast. By computing the differential backlog at every node, our scheme adaptively allocates transmission rates per session/user pair in order to maximize throughput. An important feature of the proposed scheme is that it does not require source cooperation or centralized calculations. This methodology leads to efficient and distributed algorithms that scale gracefully and can be embraced by low-cost wireless devices. Additionally, it is shown that maximization of sum utility is possible by the addition of a virtual queue at each destination node of the multicast groups. The virtual queue captures the desire of the individual user and helps in making the correct resource allocation to optimize total utility. Under the operation of the proposed schemes backlog sizes are deterministically bounded, which provides delay guarantees on delivered packets. To illustrate its practicality, we present a prototype implementation in the NITOS wireless testbed. The experimental results verify that the proposed schemes achieve maximum performance while maintaining low complexity.
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