Robust cross-layer design of wireless-profiled TCP mobile receiver for vertical handover

Humphrey Rutagemwa, Sangheon Pack, Xuemin Shen, Jon W. Mark

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In this paper, we consider downward and upward vertical handovers in integrated wireless LAN and cellular networks and address wireless-profiled Transmission Control Protocol premature timeouts due to step increase of round-trip time (RTT) and false fast retransmit due to packet reordering. Specifically, we develop a mobile-receiver centric loosely coupled cross-layer design, which is easy to implement and deploy, backward compatible with the Wireless Application Protocol version 2 architecture, and robust in the absence of perfect cross-layer information. We propose two proactive schemes, called RTT Inflation and RTT Equalization. The RTT Inflation scheme suppresses premature timeouts by carefully inflating retransmission timeout time, and the RTT Equalization scheme prevents false fast retransmit by equalizing the round-trip delay experienced by all packets. We conduct extensive simulations to evaluate the performance in downward and upward vertical handovers. It is demonstrated that the proposed schemes significantly improve the performance in a wide range of network conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3899-3911
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
Issue number6 II
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Nov

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Manuscript received December 18, 2006; revised February 11, 2007. This work was supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada under Strategic Grant 257682. The review of this paper was coordinated by Dr. P. Lin.


  • Cross layer design
  • Integrated wireless networks
  • Mobile communication
  • Transmission protocols
  • Vertical handover
  • Wireless sensor networks
  • Wireless-profiled Transmission Control Protocol (WP-TCP)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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