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On the Complexity of System Throughput Derivation for Static 802.11 Networks

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Executive Summary

The exploding popularity of 802.11 Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN) has drawn intense research interest in the optimization of WLAN performance through channel assignment to Access Points (AP), AP-client association control, and transmission scheduling - the authors refer to any combination of the three approaches as WLAN management. No matter what degrees of freedom are enabled in WLAN management for performance optimization in a particular WLAN setting, a fundamental question is the corresponding maximum achievable system throughput. They show that for a particular network setting, the derivation of the system throughput (where system throughput is aggregate throughput of all clients or max-min throughput), for any combination of channel assignment, association control and transmission scheduling, is NP-hard and hard to approximate in polynomial time.

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