Implementing Utility-Optimal CSMA
Source: Princeton University
Hundreds of papers over the last two decades have studied the theory of distributed scheduling in wireless networks, including a number of them on stability or utility maximizing random access. Several publications in 2008 studied an adaptive CSMA that in theory can approach utility optimality without any message passing under a number of assumptions. This paper reports the results from the first deployment of such random access algorithms through an implementation over conventional 802.11 hardware, an on-going effort that started in summer 2009. It shows both a confirmation that Utility Optimal CSMA may work well in practice even with an implementation over legacy equipment, and a wide array of gaps between theory and practice in the field of wireless scheduling.