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A Modular, Flexible and Virtualizable Framework for IEEE 802.11

Salvador, Pablo and Paris, Stefano and Pisa, Claudio and Patras, Paul and Grunenberger, Yan and Costa-Perez, Xavier and Gozdecki, Janusz (2012) A Modular, Flexible and Virtualizable Framework for IEEE 802.11. In: The 21st Future Network & Mobile Summit (FutureNetw 2012), 4-6 July 2012, Berlin, Germany.

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Wireless networks are extensively deployed due to their low cost and configuration easiness. However, they are not adapted to the new services and applications that are increasingly demanded by users. Current implementation of the IEEE 802.11 specification is supported in hardware devices and software developments, but they do not provide the adaptability that would enhance user experience in next generation networks. In this paper, we present a new wireless framework, based on the one currently supported by the Linux stack: mac80211. This new framework, named mac80211++, has been tailored to improve MAC features in terms of: (i) modularity, by defining different 802.11 MAC services; (ii) flexibility, by enabling dynamic configurability of the 802.11 MAC; (iii) virtualization, by managing parallel independent 802.11 MACs accessing the same system resources.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Papers (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: IEEE 802.11, WLAN, architecture, framework, mac80211, driver
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: Pablo Salvador
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2012 09:27
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2017 12:50

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