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Date of Award


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Master of Science


Computer Science

First Advisor

Lu Ruan


Many applications are inherently multicast in nature. Such applications can benefit tremendously from reliable multicast support at the MAC layer since addressing reliability at the MAC level is much less expensive than handling errors at the upper layers. However, the IEEE 802.11 MAC layer does not support reliable multicast. This void in the MAC layer is a limiting factor in the efficacy of multicast applications.

In this work, we propose a Slot Reservation based Reliable Multicast protocol that adds a novel reliability component to the existing multicast protocol in the 802.11 MAC. Our protocol builds on the existing DCF support in the IEEE 802.11 MAC to seamlessly incorporate an efficient reliable multicast mechanism. Intelligent assignment of transmission slots, minimal control packet overhead and an efficient retransmission strategy form the basis of our protocol. We evaluate the performance of our protocol through extensive simulations. Our simulation results show that our protocol outperforms another reliable multicast protocol, Batch Mode Multicast MAC, in terms of delivered throughput in various scenarios.

We enhance our protocol to add a fairness component in the presence of parallel unicast and multicast flows and provide unicast friendly multicast operation. We then evaluate the performance of our Slot Reservation Based Reliable Multicast Protocol with Fairness through extensive simulations and see that the scheme ensures fairness among parallel unicast and multicast


Copyright Owner

Varun Srinivas



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64 pages