This talk addresses the problem of providing throughput guarantees in heterogeneous wireless mesh networks. As a first step, it proposes a novel model to represent the capacity region of a wireless link that, by linearizing this region, has the fundamental property of being very simple while providing a good approximation to the entire region. In a second step, this model is mapped to two of the most prominent wireless technologies nowadays, namely Wireless LAN and WiMAX. The last step addresses the issue of finding optimal routing strategies, which is done by solving an optimization problem subject to the constraints imposed by the linearized capacity region. The performance of the proposed approach has been compared against traditional routing metrics in mesh networks, such as ETT and ETX, and shown to overperform them by approximately a factor of 2.
The conference will be conducted in English