A Study on MPTCP for Tolerating Packet Reordering and Path Heterogeneity in Wireless Networks

Amani Alheid, Angela Doufexi, Dritan Kaleshi

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As a great step toward the 5G network that will comprise the set of revolutionary technologies designed to cope with the vast increase in demand for faster connectivity, speedier downloads and more reliable communication, Multipath
Transmission Control Protocol (MPTCP) promises higher bandwidth and higher resilience against network path failures by allowing multiple paths between two devices to be pooled and appear to the application as a single end-to-end transport connection. This paper studies the effect of out-of-order packets
on the performance of MPTCP when at least one of the paths uses different wireless access technologies. The study identifies trade-offs between different congestion control algorithms in terms of aggregate throughput gain when different packet reordering recovery solutions are implemented. The paper also
suggests the best reordering solution for MPTCP for different wireless network conditions in order to maximize link utilization. The results show that MPTCP suffers from a reordering problem and the TCP-DOOR is able to maximize path utilization and provides a substantial improvement in terms of aggregate throughput for symmetrical links whilst D-SACK is preferable for asymmetrical links.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWireless Days 2016, Toulouse
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781509024940, 9781509024933
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2016
EventWireless Days - Toulouse, France
Duration: 23 Mar 201625 Mar 2016


ConferenceWireless Days


  • Packet Reorder
  • Eifel
  • F-RTO
  • Congestion Control
  • Wi-Fi


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