Gateway Load Balancing in Future Tactical Networks

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In future tactical networks, gateway nodes will have an important role in connecting different military communications platforms together to form a consolidated network. To increase capacity for upstream/downstream traffic as well as resiliency, more than one gateway should be deployed. In this context, performing gateway load balancing is vital in order to take full advantage of the resources available and thereby improve the performance. Previous work has shown that a number of factors such as the level of asymmetry, offered load, and gateway location may influence the performance of load balancing. However these parameters alone cannot explain why the performance of load balancing is high for certain topologies while it is very poor for others.