A real-time (RT) network is like a traditional computer network with one
important difference: packets have deadlines. ``Real-time'' does not
necessarily mean full motion video or audio for speech. It just
means there are deadlines that must be honored. This is done at
the LLC layer by scheduling transmission while taking queueing delay,
blocking, and so on into account. When the LLC layer presents frames to
a MAC layer for a wireless channel, the MAC layer has the difficult job of
transmitting the frames by their deadlines on a random access channel. The
papers below go into more (excruciating??) detail...
- Fully Distributed Wireless MAC Transmission of Real-Time Data.
'98. (June '98.)
- Wireless Transmission of Heterogeneous Real-Time Data.
IEEE VTC '98.
- Real-Time Wireless Communication Using Splitting
IEEE GLOBECOM '97.
(November '97, approx. 444 kbytes, 9 pp.)
- Blocked and Free Access Real-Time Splitting
Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering, Special
Issue on Real-Time Engineering. (May '98,
approx. 590 kbytes, 22 pp., send me email if you'd like an ICAE
LaTeX bibliography style file, icae.bst, I made.)
- Wireless MAC Protocols for Real-Time Battlefield
IEEE MILCOM '97.
- Evaluation of Wireless Soft Real-Time Protocols.
IEEE RTAS '96. (June '96, approx. 170 kbytes, 8 pp.)
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