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Sasanus, Saowaphak (2009) SIGNALING OVERLOAD CONTROL FORWIRELESS CELLULAR NETWORKS. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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As the worldwide market of cellular phone increases, many subscribers have come to rely on cellular phone services. In catastrophes or mass call in situations, the load can be greater than what the cellular network can support, and the entire network may become completely non-functional. This raises serious concerns on the survivability of wireless cellular networks in order to provide necessary services such as 911 calls in those circumstances. In high load cases, overload control must be deployed to reserve network resource for emergency traffic and maintenance services. Over the past several years, many catastrophes have revealed the deficiencies of the existing overload control mechanisms in cellular networks. Improvement to the existing overload controls are needed in order to cope with unexpected situations. A key to the survivability of wireless cellular networks lies in the signaling services from database servers that support a call connection throughout its duration (e.g., for monitoring users' locations and supplying authentication codes for secure communications), this dissertation focuses on the overload control at the database servers.As loss of different signaling services impacts a user's perception differently, the overload controlis proposed to provide differentiation and guaranteed classes of signaling services. Specifically, multi-class token rate controls are proposed due to theirs flexibility in various network configurations and advantages over other controls such as, percentage blocking and call gapping. The concept of adaptive control decision is used so that the proposed controls react quickly to changes in the load. A simulation based performance evaluation of the proposed control is conducted and compared with existing controls. It is shown that the proposed controls outperform the existing multi-class token based controls due to various reasons. First, the proposed controls use adaptive resourcesharing that guarantees a lower bound, where the percentage of resource sharing among classesis adaptively set. The existing token rate controls either distribute resource among classes usingstatic ratios or completely share resources among classes. Although using static ratios guarantees the quality of service within each class, it lowers the total utilization of the server. Whereas,allowing a complete resource sharing among classes may cause large load fluctuations in each class. Second, the proposed controls use the novel concept of integrating information on the availability of the radio resources into the control decision, allowing servers to save theirs resources from serving signaling that later on might be dropped due to unavailable radio resources.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Sasanus,,, sasanus1@hotmail.comSASST128
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTipper, Davidtipper@tele.pitt.eduDTIPPER
Committee MemberJoshi, James B. Djjoshi@mail.sis.pitt.eduJJOSHI
Committee MemberKihl,
Committee MemberKrishnamurthy, Prashantprashant@mail.sis.pitt.eduPRASHK
Committee MemberThompson, Richardrat@tele.pitt.eduRTHOMPSO
Date: 16 January 2009
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 20 November 2008
Approval Date: 16 January 2009
Submission Date: 28 December 2008
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Information Science
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: adaptive; QoS; Signaling overload control; wireless cellular networks
Other ID:, etd-12282008-062231
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:11
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:55


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