DBAS: A Deployable Bandwidth Aggregation System

Karim Habak, Moustafa Youssef, Khaled A. Harras

The explosive increase in data demand coupled with the rapid deployment of various wireless access technologies have led to the increase of number of multi-homed or multi-interface enabled devices. Fully exploiting these interfaces has motivated researchers to propose numerous solutions that aggregate their available bandwidths to increase overall throughput and satisfy the end-user's growing data demand. These solutions, however, have faced a steep deployment barrier that we attempt to overcome in this paper. We propose a Deployable Bandwidth Aggregation System (DBAS) for multi-interface enabled devices. Our system does not introduce any intermediate hardware, modify current operating systems, modify socket implementations, nor require changes to current applications or legacy servers. The DBAS architecture is designed to automatically estimate the characteristics of applications and dynamically schedule various connections or packets to different interfaces. Since our main focus is deployability, we fully implement DBAS on the Windows operating system and evaluate various modes of operation. Our implementation and simulation results show that DBAS achieves throughput gains up to 193% compared to current operating systems, while operating as an out-of-the-box standard Windows executable, highlighting its deployability and ease of use.

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