An Efficient TCP/IP Control Scheme for Next-Generation MobileIP Communication Networks

Yuko ONOE  Yukio ATSUMI  Fumiaki SATO  Tadanori MIZUNO  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E84-B   No.4   pp.863-872
Publication Date: 2001/04/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Mobile Multimedia Communications)
mobile communication networks,  TCP/IP,  mobile-IP,  

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We describe a control scheme for wireless-link layers and the TCP/IP layers in which wireless link states, such as signal strength and transmission rate, are transparent to the upper network layers and govern the behavior of the upper layers. Monitoring and notifying functions for wireless link states are incorporated into mobile hosts, and prefetching functions for the mobility agent lists are added to the present MobileIP functionalities of the network layers. In addition, we give the mobile hosts functions for controlling the TCP advertised windows in the transport layers and give the base-stations buffering functions to deal with the variable signal strength of the wireless links. A simulation (using ns-2) of this control scheme shows that mobile agent can be switched at the network layers soon after base-station hand-over and that errors in packet routing, packet loss and communication throughput reduction can be avoided. Moreover, communications can be interrupted without having to shrink the size of the congestion windows of the TCP senders, which improves overall throughput.