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Tracking and Predicting End-to-End Quality in Wireless Community Networks

TitleTracking and Predicting End-to-End Quality in Wireless Community Networks
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsMillan, P, Molina, C, Dimogerontakis, E, Navarro, L, Meseguer, R, Braem, B, Blondia, C
Conference NameFuture Internet of Things and Cloud (FiCloud), 2015 3rd International Conference on
Date Published08/2015
KeywordsAlgorithm design and analysis, community networks, End-to-End Quality Prediction, Measurement, Prediction algorithms, Routing, Routing Protocols, Support vector machines, Time series analysis, Time-Series Analysis
AbstractCommunity networks are an emergent model with mottos like "a free net for everyone is possible" or "don't buy the network, be the network". Their social impact is measurable, as the community is provided with the right and opportunity of communication. The combination of wired and wireless links in these networks, and the unreliable nature of the wireless medium, poses several challenges to the routing protocol. End-to End quality tracking helps the routing layer to select paths that maximize the delivery rate and minimize traffic congestion. We believe that End-to-End quality prediction can be a technique that surpasses End-to-End quality tracking by foreseeing which paths are more likely to change quality. In this work, we focus on End-to-End quality prediction by means of time-series analysis. We apply this prediction technique in the routing layer of large scale, distributed, and decentralized networks. We demonstrate that it is possible to accurately predict End-to-End Quality with an average Mean Absolute Error of just 2.4%. Particularly, we analyze the path properties and path ETX behavior to identify the best prediction algorithm. Moreover, we analyze the EtEQ prediction accuracy some steps ahead in the future and also its dependency of the time of the day.