Networking

Network Coding as a WiMAX Link Reliability Mechanism

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Executive Summary

The authors design and implement network-coding-enabled reliability architecture for next generation wireless networks. Their Network Coding (NC) architecture uses a flexible thread-based design, with each encoder-decoder instance applying systematic intra-session random linear network coding as a packet erasure code at the IP layer, to ensure the fast and reliable transfer of information between wireless nodes. Using Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) WiMAX platforms, a series of point-to-point transmission experiments were conducted to compare the performance of the NC architecture to that of the Automatic Repeated reQuest (ARQ) and Hybrid ARQ (HARQ) mechanisms. At the application layer, Iperf and UDP-based File Transfer Protocol (UFTP) are used to measure throughput, packet loss and file transfer delay.

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