Congestion Control for Multicast Transmission over UMTS

TitleCongestion Control for Multicast Transmission over UMTS
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsBouras, C, Alexiou, A, Papazois, A
Book TitleWireless Quality of Service: Techniques, Standards and Applications
Pagination 291 - 312
PublisherAuerbach Publications, Taylor & Francis Group
KeywordsCongestion Control, UMTS

In this chapter, we present a novel mechanism for the multicast congestion control over Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) networks. The proposed mechanism is based on the well known TCP-Friendly Multicast Congestion Control (TFMCC) scheme. TFMCC is an equation-based multicast congestion control mechanism intended to scale to groups of several thousand receivers. It is based on the concept of Current Limiting Receiver (CLR). The CLR is the receiver that the sender believes currently has the lowest expected throughput of the multicast group. The key challenge in the design of the new scheme lies in extending TFMCC in order to support the UMTS Terrestrial Radio-Access Network (UTRAN). Our major contribution is that the TFMCC mechanism was improved in order to cope with the packet losses caused by either the temporary or the permanent degradation of the wireless channel. One of the major advantages of the proposed scheme is that it introduces minor modifications in the UMTS nodes with respect to the computing power of the mobile terminals. Finally, we implement our approach in the ns-2 network simulator and we evaluate it under various conditions. The simulation results are presented along with their analysis.