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Scheduling flows over LEO constellations on LMS channels

Tauran, Bastien and Lochin, Emmanuel and Lacan, Jérôme and Arnal, Fabrice and Gineste, Mathieu and Kuhn, Nicolas Scheduling flows over LEO constellations on LMS channels. (2020) International Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking. ISSN 1542-0981

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1002/sat.1343


Satellite systems typically use physical and link layer reliability schemes to compensate the significant channel impairments, especially for the link between a satellite and a mobile end-user. These schemes have been introduced at the price of an increase in the end-to-end delay, high jitter or out-of-order packets. This is show to have a negative impact both on multimedia and best-effort traffic, decreasing the Quality of Experience (QoE) of users. In this paper, we propose to solve this issue by scheduling data transmission as a function of the channel condition. We first investigate existing scheduling mechanisms and analyze their performance for two kinds of traffic: VoIP and best-effort. In the case of VoIP traffic, the objective is to lower both latency and jitter, which are the most important metrics to achieve a consistent VoIP service. We select the best candidate among several schedulers and propose a novel algorithm specifically designed to carry VoIP over LEO constellations. We then investigate the performance of the scheduling policies on Internet-browsing traffic carried by TCP, where the goal is now the maximize the users’ goodput, and select the best candidate in this case.

Item Type:Article
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National d'Études Spatiales - CNES (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Other partners > Thales (FRANCE)
Laboratory name:
CNES - Thales Alenia Space
Deposited On:02 Mar 2020 15:46

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