Channel-aware and Queue-aware Scheduling for Integrated WiMAX and EPON
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By envisioning that the future broadband access networks have to support many bandwidth consuming applications, such as VoIP, IPTV, VoD, and HDTV, the integration of WiMAX and EPON networks have been taken as one of the most promising network architecture due to numerous advantages in terms of cost-effectiveness, massive-bandwidth provisioning, Ethernet-based technology, reliable transmissions, and QoS guarantee. Under the EPON-WiMAX integration, the development of a scheduling algorithm that could be channel-aware and queue-aware will be a great plus on top of the numerous merits and flexibility in such an integrated architecture. In this thesis, a novel two-level scheduling algorithm for the uplink transmission are proposed by using the principle of proportional fairness for the transmissions from SSs over the WiMAX channels, while a centralized algorithm at the OLT for the EPON uplink from different WiMAX-ONUs. The scheduler at the OLT receives a Report message from each WiMAX-ONU, which contains the average channel condition per cell, queues length, and head-of-line (HOL) delay for rtPS traffic. The EPON data frame is then scheduled based on these Report messages. Numerical results show that the proposed scheme could satisfy the end-to-end real-time QoS requirements. In addition, the centralized scheduler at the OLT can achieve high throughput in presence of traffic load variation.