Improving wireless link throughput via interleaved FEC

Ling Jyh Chen*, Tony Sun, M. Y. Sanadidi, Mario Gerla

*Corresponding author for this work

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Wireless communication is inherently vulnerable to errors from the dynamic wireless environment. Link layer packets discarded due to these errors impose a serious limitation on the maximum achievable throughput in the wireless channel. To enhance the overall throughput of wireless communication, it is necessary to have a link layer transmission scheme that is robust to the errors intrinsic to the wireless channel. To this end, we present Interleaved-Forward Error Correction (I-FEC), a clever link layer coding scheme that protects link layer data against random and busty errors. We examine the level of data protection provided by I-FEC against other popular schemes. We also simulate I-FEC in Bluetooth, and compare the TCP throughput result with Bluetooth's integrated FEC coding feature. We show that I-FEC consistently and significantly outperforms other link layer coding schemes by providing an impressive amount of protection against heavy channel burst errors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539-544
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings - International Symposium on Computers and Communications
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings - ISCC 2004, Ninth International Symposium on Computers and Communications - Alexandria, Egypt
Duration: 2004 Jun 282004 Jul 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Mathematics(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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