TCP Performance in Wireless Mobile Multi-hop Ad Hoc Networks (Electronics/Telecom Project)

There are many issues that limit the performance of wireless mobile multi-hop ad hoc networks (MANETs). One of them is that TCP is not well adapted to networks where routes can change or disappear often.

In this paper the behaviour of a standard TCP implementation is studied in situations typical for MANETs and compared to the behaviour of a partial implementation of a ATCP, a TCP modification that is intended to increase performance in MANETs.

Simulations with simple scenarios show that TCP easily creates a full network load which causes send failures and decreased throughput performance. In some cases the partial ATCP implementation increases throughput but more often it causes an increased amount of duplicate retransmissions. In these scenarios it is unlikely that even a complete ATCP implementation would increase throughput performance.

A few modifications to ATCP and TCP are analysed. Especially a limit of the congestion window size shows a large throughput increase. The results are inconclusive, the simulations are too simple to show if the results are applicable in more complex scenarios. It is not clear if ATCP actually is useful in a MANET.
Source: KTH
Author: Westin, Ola

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