Optimal Rate Sampling in 802.11 Systems

Richard Combes 1 Alexandre Proutière 1, 2 Donggyu Yun 3 Jungseul Ok 3 Yung Yi 3
2 DYOGENE - Dynamics of Geometric Networks
DI-ENS - Département d'informatique de l'École normale supérieure, Inria Paris-Rocquencourt, CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique : UMR8548
Abstract : In 802.11 systems, Rate Adaptation (RA) is a fundamental mechanism allowing transmitters to adapt the coding and modulation scheme as well as the MIMO transmission mode to the radio channel conditions, and in turn, to learn and track the (mode, rate) pair providing the highest throughput. So far, the design of RA mechanisms has been mainly driven by heuristics. In contrast, in this paper, we rigorously formulate such design as an online stochastic optimisation problem. We solve this problem and present ORS (Optimal Rate Sampling), a family of (mode, rate) pair adaptation algorithms that provably learn as fast as it is possible the best pair for transmission. We study the performance of ORS algorithms in both stationary radio environments where the successful packet transmission probabilities at the various (mode, rate) pairs do not vary over time, and in non-stationary environments where these probabilities evolve. We show that under ORS algorithms, the throughput loss due to the need to explore sub-optimal (mode, rate) pairs does not depend on the number of available pairs, which is a crucial advantage as evolving 802.11 standards offer an increasingly large number of (mode, rate) pairs. We illustrate the efficiency of ORS algorithms (compared to the state-of-the-art algorithms) using simulations and traces extracted from 802.11 test-beds.
Complete list of metadatas

Contributor : Alexandre Proutiere <>
Submitted on : Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 4:14:28 PM
Last modification on : Monday, June 24, 2019 - 12:32:04 PM

Links full text


  • HAL Id : hal-00920025, version 1
  • ARXIV : 1307.7309



Richard Combes, Alexandre Proutière, Donggyu Yun, Jungseul Ok, Yung Yi. Optimal Rate Sampling in 802.11 Systems. 2013. ⟨hal-00920025⟩



Record views