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A media access and feedback protocol for reliable multicast over wireless channel

Bhatia, Ashutosh and Hansdah, RC (2014) A media access and feedback protocol for reliable multicast over wireless channel. In: WIRELESS NETWORKS, 20 (8). pp. 2371-2383.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1007/s11276-014-0746-6


A link level reliable multicast requires a channel access protocol to resolve the collision of feedback messages sent by multicast data receivers. Several deterministic media access control protocols have been proposed to attain high reliability, but with large delay. Besides, there are also protocols which can only give probabilistic guarantee about reliability, but have the least delay. In this paper, we propose a virtual token-based channel access and feedback protocol (VTCAF) for link level reliable multicasting. The VTCAF protocol introduces a virtual (implicit) token passing mechanism based on carrier sensing to avoid the collision between feedback messages. The delay performance is improved in VTCAF protocol by reducing the number of feedback messages. Besides, the VTCAF protocol is parametric in nature and can easily trade off reliability with the delay as per the requirement of the underlying application. Such a cross layer design approach would be useful for a variety of multicast applications which require reliable communication with different levels of reliability and delay performance. We have analyzed our protocol to evaluate various performance parameters at different packet loss rate and compared its performance with those of others. Our protocol has also been simulated using Castalia network simulator to evaluate the same performance parameters. Simulation and analytical results together show that the VTCAF protocol is able to considerably reduce average access delay while ensuring very high reliability at the same time.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this articles belongs to the SPRINGER, VAN GODEWIJCKSTRAAT 30, 3311 GZ DORDRECHT, NETHERLANDS
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Computer Science & Automation
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2014 10:21
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2014 10:21
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/50433

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