Transport Protocols for Next Generation Wireless Data Networks
Velayutham, Aravind Murugesan
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Emerging wireless networks are characterized by increased heterogeneity in wireless access technologies as well as increased peer-to-peer communication among wireless hosts. The heterogeneity among wireless access interfaces mainly exists because of the fact that different wireless technologies deliver different performance trade-offs. Further, more and more infrastructure-less wireless networks such as ad-hoc networks are emerging to address several application scenarios including military and disaster recovery. These infrastructure-less wireless networks are characterized by the peer-to-peer communication model. In this thesis, we propose transport protocols that tackle the challenges that arise due to the above-mentioned properties of state-of-the-art wireless data networks. The main contributions of this work are as follows: 1. We determine the ideal nature and granularity of transport adaptation for efficient operation in heterogeneous wireless data networks by performing comprehensive experimental analysis. We then design and implement a runtime adaptive transport framework, *TP, which accommodates the capabilities of the ideal transport adaptation solution. 2. We prove that conversational transport protocols are not efficient under peer-to-peer wireless data networks. We then design and implement NCTP which is a non-conversational transport protocol.