WhiteHaul: an efficient spectrum aggregation system for low-cost and high capacity backhaul over ...
MobiSys '20 | Kassem MM, Kheirkhah M, Marina MK, Buneman P | We address the challenge of backhaul connectivity for rural and developing regions, which is essential for universal fixed/mobile Intern...
20 June 2020
WhiteHaul: an efficient spectrum aggregation system for low-cost and high capacity backhaul over white spaces
We address the challenge of backhaul connectivity for rural and developing regions, which is essential for universal fixed/mobile Internet access. To this end, we propose to exploit the TV white space (TVWS) spectrum for its attractive properties: low cost, abundance in underserved regions and favorable propagation characteristics. Specifically, we propose a system called WhiteHaul for the ecient aggregation of the TVWS spectrum tailored for the backhaul use case. At the core of WhiteHaul are two key innovations: (i) a TVWS conversion substrate that can eciently handle multiple non-contiguous chunks of TVWS spectrum using multiple low cost 802.11n/ac cards but with a single antenna; (ii) novel use of MPTCP as a link-level tunnel abstraction and its use for eciently aggregating multiple chunks of the TVWS spectrum via a novel uncoupled, cross-layer congestion control algorithm. Through extensive evaluations using a prototype implementation of WhiteHaul, we show that: (a) WhiteHaul can aggregate almost the whole of TV band with 3 interfaces and achieve nearly 600Mbps TCP throughput; (b) the WhiteHaul MPTCP congestion control algorithm provides an order of magnitude improvement over state of the art algorithms for typical TVWS backhaul links. We also present additional measurement and simulation based results to evaluate other aspects of the WhiteHaul design.
|Authors:||Kassem MM, Kheirkhah M, Marina MK, Buneman P|
|Publisher:||Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)|
|Name of conference:||MobiSys '20: The 18th Annual International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services|
|Conference place:||Toronto, ON, Canada.|
|Conference start date:||15/06/2020|
|Conference finish date:||20/06/2020|
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