Modeling and performance analysis of the main MAC and PHY features of the 802.11ac standard: A-MPDU aggregation Vs spatial multiplexing

Mohand, Yazid; Ksentini, Adlen
IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Vol.67, N°11, November 2018

The Very High Throughput (VHT) supplied by the IEEE 802.11ac standard is the outcome of several amendments incorporated at its both Medium Access Control (MAC) and PHYsical (PHY) layers. In particular, the Aggregate-MAC Protocol Data Unit (A-MPDU) frame aggregation allows, at the MAC level, increasing the amount of data to be transmitted, and the spatial multiplexing technique serves at the PHY level to accelerate the rate at which such data is forwarded. Therefore, the goals we are seeking to achieve in this paper are: on one hand, to demonstrate that A-MPDU aggregation and spatial multiplexing may respectively lead to a decrease in throughput and an increase in overhead, and on the other hand, to highlight that A-MPDU aggregation and spatial multiplexing have mutual needs that could mutually satisfy operational challenges. For this purpose, we model the 802.11ac station enabling A-MPDU aggregation and spatial multiplexing, and we compute the throughput and the overhead of the 802.11ac network. After that, we run Monte-Carlo simulations for validating the accuracy of the mathematical model, and we calculate 95% confidence intervals to establish credibility to the simulation results.

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