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Joint Rate Adaptation and Medium Access in Wireless LANs: A Non-Cooperative Game Theoretic Perspective

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Executive Summary

Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) based on IEEE 802.11 standards are becoming ubiquitous today and typically support multiple data rates. In such multi-rate WLANs, distributed medium access and rate adaptation are two key elements to achieve efficient radio resource utilization, especially in non-cooperative environments. In this paper, the authors present an analytical study on the non-cooperative multi-rate WLANs composed of selfish users jointly adjusting their data rate and contention window size at the medium access level to maximize their own throughput, irrespective of the impact of their selfish behaviors on overall system performance. Specifically, they develop an adapted Tit-For-Tat (TFT) strategy to guide the system to an efficient equilibrium in non-cooperative environments.

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