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Novel learning-based spatial reuse optimization in dense WLAN deployments


To satisfy the increasing demand for wireless systems capacity, the industry is dramatically increasing the density of the deployed networks. Like other wireless technologies, Wi-Fi is following this trend, particularly because of its increasing popularity. In parallel, Wi-Fi is being deployed for new use cases that are atypically far from the context of its first introduction as an Ethernet network replacement. In fact, the conventional operation of Wi-Fi networks is not likely to be ready for these super dense environments and new challenging scenarios. For that reason, the high efficiency wireless local area network (HEW) study group (SG) was formed in May 2013 within the IEEE 802.11 working group (WG). The intents are to improve the “real world” Wi-Fi performance especially in dense deployments. In this context, this work proposes a new centralized solution to jointly adapt the transmission power and the physical carrier sensing based on artificial neural networks. The major intent of the proposed solution is to resolve the fairness issues while enhancing the spatial reuse in dense Wi-Fi environments. This work is the first to use artificial neural networks to improve spatial reuse in dense WLAN environments. For the evaluation of this proposal, the new designed algorithm is implemented in OPNET modeler. Relevant scenarios are simulated to assess the efficiency of the proposal in terms of addressing starvation issues caused by hidden and exposed node problems. The extensive simulations show that our learning-based solution is able to resolve the hidden and exposed node problems and improve the performance of high-density Wi-Fi deployments in terms of achieved throughput and fairness among contending nodes. © 2016, Jamil et al.

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hal-01368110 , version 1 (19-09-2016)



I. Jamil, L. Cariou, J.-F. Hélard. Novel learning-based spatial reuse optimization in dense WLAN deployments. EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, 2016, 2016 (1), pp.184. ⟨10.1186/s13638-016-0632-2⟩. ⟨hal-01368110⟩
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