Modelling and performance evaluation of the IEEE 802.11 DCF for real-time control

Tian, Guosong & Tian, Yu-Chu (2012) Modelling and performance evaluation of the IEEE 802.11 DCF for real-time control. Computer Networks, 56(1), pp. 435-447.

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Popular wireless networks, such as IEEE 802.11/15/16, are not designed for real-time applications. Thus, supporting real-time quality of service (QoS) in wireless real-time control is challenging. This paper adopts the widely used IEEE 802.11, with the focus on its distributed coordination function (DCF), for soft-real-time control systems. The concept of the critical real-time traffic condition is introduced to characterize the marginal satisfaction of real-time requirements. Then, mathematical models are developed to describe the dynamics of DCF based real-time control networks with periodic traffic, a unique feature of control systems. Performance indices such as throughput and packet delay are evaluated using the developed models, particularly under the critical real-time traffic condition. Finally, the proposed modelling is applied to traffic rate control for cross-layer networked control system design.

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ID Code: 46575
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: IEEE 802.11, distributed coordination function (DCF), real-time control, modelling, performance evaluation
DOI: 10.1016/j.comnet.2011.10.001
ISSN: 1389-1286
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING (080500) > Networking and Communications (080503)
Divisions: Past > Schools > Computer Science
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Elsevier B.V.
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in <Computer Networks>. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Computer Networks, [Volume 56, Issue 1, (12 January 2012)]. DOI: 10.1016/j.comnet.2011.10.001
Deposited On: 23 Oct 2011 22:11
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 10:18

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