A Cross-Layer Approach to Dynamic Bandwidth Allocation in Satellite Networks

  • Andrea Fiaschetti
  • Antonio Pietrabissa
  • Laura Pimpinella
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Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 43)


This work presents an innovative cross-layer approach to dynamic bandwidth allocation (BoD) in Satellite DVB-RCS networks. The algorithm is based on the assumption that, by managing the traffic at IP level through interaction with MAC level, a meaningful reduction in packet loss can be achieved, thus resulting in better resource exploitation. The proposed mechanism has been embedded in a consolidated control scheme for dynamic bandwidth allocation ([23], [1]). The interaction consists in the computation of the exact amount of MAC cells to send to the air interface during the next frame; based on this computation, the proper number of IP packets are segmented, transmitted to the MAC layer and queued in the MAC buffers. In this way, a twofold result is obtained: 1) no duplication of the scheduling function, scheduling can be performed at IP layer only, and 2) avoidance of overflows of MAC buffers. Simulations results, obtained by Opnet®, confirm the effectiveness of the proposed approach.


Cross-layer Bandwidth on demand DVB-RCS Satellite Network 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Fiaschetti
    • 1
  • Antonio Pietrabissa
    • 1
  • Laura Pimpinella
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer and Systems ScienceUniversity of Rome “La Sapienza”RomeItaly

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