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Packet Frame Grouping

Tourrilhes, Jean

HPL-97-132

Keyword(s): wireless LANS; 802.11; MAC protocol

Abstract: This paper presents a scheme to improve the performance of radio MAC protocols in the case of small packets. First, the performance problems with small packets and their consequences are analysed. Then the Packet Frame Grouping scheme is presented, which is shown to improve the throughput and reduce the latency over MAC protocols based on CSMA/CA. Finally, the new protocol is simulated in various scenarios to show its impact on different traffic types.

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