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Energy-performance trade-off in dense WLANs: A queuing study

Couto da Silva, Ana Paula and Meo, Michela and Ajmone Marsan, Marco (2012) Energy-performance trade-off in dense WLANs: A queuing study. [Journal Articles]

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The increasing concern about the energy consumption of communication networks is driving the research community to identify approaches to save energy in the networks of today. For instance, considering wireless local area networks (WLANs), the activation of network resources can be driven by the user demand, avoiding having to always power on all Access Points (APs). In this paper, we consider a portion of a dense WLAN system, where many APs are deployed to provide sufficient capacity to serve a large number of active users during peak traffic hours. To provide large capacity, a number of APs are colocated in the same position and provide identical coverage; we say that these APs belong to the same group, and they serve users in the same area. The areas covered by different groups only partially overlap, so that some active users can only be served by a group of APs, but a fraction of active users can be served by several groups. Due to daily variations of the number of active users accessing the WLAN, some APs can be switched off to save energy when not all the capacity is needed. The main focus of our study is the investigation of the type of algorithm that should be used for the association of active users with APs in order to increase the amount of saved energy in dense WLANs. Results show that when some system state information is available, such as the number of users associated with each AP, the energy consumption can decrease up to 20%. Furthermore, our study gives comprehensive insights on the trade-off between the opposite needs to save energy and provide quality of service to the users.

Item Type: Journal Articles
Uncontrolled Keywords: Energy efficiency; Wireless LANs; Queuing models
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Electronics and Computer Science
Depositing User: Rebeca De Miguel
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2013 07:55
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2016 10:02

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