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Multi-objective Optimization of WLAN Associations with Improved Handover Costs
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. (DISCO)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9446-8143
2014 (English)In: IEEE Communications Letters, ISSN 1089-7798, E-ISSN 1558-2558, Vol. 18, no 11Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The deployment of a large number of access points in public areas presents a new paradigm in which a given station may be served by more than one access point at a time. Recently, a network model has been proposed to derive the optimal association strategy for the stations by solving a linear optimization problem. According to that model, a station cannot download data while performing a handover. In this letter, we demonstrate that, even in static conditions (i.e., no mobility and constant load in the cell), an association strategy can force a handover. We thus propose a multi-objective optimization function that maximizes the download rates and minimizes the number of handovers. As a handover implies an extra cost due to necessary signaling to be exchanged, we propose a new handover cost function that takes into account the extra bandwidth. Using the new strategy, the system throughput slightly decreases, and the number of handovers is reduced.

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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2014. Vol. 18, no 11
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access points, download rates, bandwidth
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Computer Science
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Computer Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-38726DOI: 10.1109/LCOMM.2014.2359456ISI: 000345069700035OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-38726DiVA: diva2:874605
Available from: 2015-11-27 Created: 2015-11-27 Last updated: 2016-10-15Bibliographically approved

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