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On the Scalability of Carrier-grade Mesh Network Architectures

Lessmann, Johannes and de la Oliva, Antonio and Sengul, Cigdem and Garcia-Saavedra, Andres and Kretschmer, Mathias and Murphy, Sean and Patras, Paul (2011) On the Scalability of Carrier-grade Mesh Network Architectures. In: The 20th Future Network & Mobile Summit (FutureNetw 2011), 15 - 17 June 2011, Warsaw, Poland.

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The increasing popularity of multi-hop wireless mesh networks, augmented with specific mechanisms required to support carrier-grade services, makes them an attractive alternative to classical backhaul solutions for network operators. However, current mesh deployments are typically small-sized, and, under real-time service requirements, it is yet unclear if they could scale to realistic network sizes. In this paper we present a carrier-grade mesh network architecture and conduct a thorough study of its scalability. In particular, we identify the main bottleneck problems and evaluate by means of simulations and practical experiments the costs induced by the modules that provide self-configuration, resource handling, routing and mobility support capabilities. The obtained results confirm that the control overhead of the proposed modules is low enough to permit mesh deployments spanning a network size of 100 nodes. Furthermore, our architecture and all proposed modules support dividing the whole network into sub-domains, which allows operating even larger networks.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Papers (Paper)
Additional Information: ISBN: 978-1-905824-23-6
Uncontrolled Keywords: wireless mesh networks; carrier-grade; scalability
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: 20 May 2012 05:56
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2017 06:52

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