QoS-Driven Efficient Client Association in High-Density Software-Defined WLAN

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
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Journal Article
IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, 2017, 66, (8), pp. 7372-7383
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A software-defined wireless local area network (SDWLAN) has gained significant interest recently from both the academic and industrial communities and initiated a paradigmatic reconsideration on the stereotyped management and control of current WLAN due to its flexibility and programmability. However, with the proliferation of mobile devices, efficient client association with quality of service (QoS) guarantees in the high-density SDWLAN is a very challenging issue. In this paper, we study the client association problem in the SDWLAN with new features, including centralized association, global network state awareness, seamless handoff, and flow-level association. We formulate the client association in a high-density scenario as an optimization problem aiming to minimize the interpacket delay of individual flows, based on an unsaturated and heterogeneous Markovian analytical model. Furthermore, we interpret the optimization problem as an NP-hard supermodular set function minimization problem, which is solved by two low-complexity heuristic methods, namely the greedy algorithm and the bounded local search algorithm. Through simulations, we demonstrate the effectiveness of our proposed client association solution.
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