Date Added: Jul 2011
The paper studies throughput-optimal scheduling in wireless networks when there are file arrivals and departures. In the case of single-hop traffic, the well-studied Max Weight algorithm provides soft priorities to links with larger queue lengths. If packets arrive in bursts during file arrival instants, then large variances in file sizes would imply that some links will have very large queue lengths while others will have small queue lengths. Thus, links with small queue lengths may be starved for long periods of time. An alternative is to use only MAC-layer queue lengths in making scheduling decisions; in fact, typically only this information is available since scheduling is performed at the MAC layer.