On the achievable efficiency-fairness tradeoff in utility-optimal MAC protocols

Jang Won Lee, Mung Chiang, A. Robert Calderbank

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We use the network utility maximization (NUM) framework to create an efficient and fair medium access control (MAC) protocol for wireless networks. By adjusting the parameters in the utility objective functions of NUM problems, we control the tradeoff between efficiency and fairness of radio resource allocation through a rigorous and systematic design. In this paper, we propose a scheduling-based MAC protocol. Since it provides an upper-bound on the achievable performance, it establishes the optimality benchmarks for comparison with other algorithms in related work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1231-1234
Number of pages4
JournalIEICE Transactions on Communications
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Ad-hoc network
  • Fairness
  • Mathematical programming/optimization
  • Medium access control (MAC)
  • Network utility maximization
  • Wireless network


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