E2MaC: an energy efficient MAC protocol for multimedia traffic

Paul J.M. Havinga, Gerardus Johannes Maria Smit

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    Energy efficiency is an important issue for mobile computers since they must rely on their batteries. We present a novel MAC protocol that achieves a good energy efficiency of wireless interface of the mobile and provides support for diverse traffic types and QoS. The scheduler of the base station is responsible to provide the required QoS to connections on the wireless link and to minimise the amount of energy spend by the mobile. The main principles of the E2MaC protocol are to avoid unsuccessful actions, minimise the number of transitions, and synchronise the mobile and the base-station. We will show that considerable amounts of energy can be saved using these principles. In the protocol the actions of the mobile are minimised. The base-station with plenty of energy performs actions in courtesy of the mobile. We have paid much attention in reducing the cost of a mobile for just being connected. The protocol is able to provide near-optimal energy efficiency (i.e. energy is only spent for the actual transfer) for a mobile within the constraints of the QoS of all connections in a cell, and only requires a small overhead.
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    Number of pages13
    Publication statusPublished - 1998

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    NameMoby Dick technical report 1998


    • IR-56225

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