The Throughput Utility Function: Assessing network impact on mobile services

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Author(s): Markus Fiedler, Stefan Chevul, Lennart Isaksson, Kurt Tutschku, Andreas Binzenhöfer
Title: The Throughput Utility Function: Assessing network impact on mobile services
Translated title: Throughput Utility Funktionen värderar nätverkets inflytande på mobila tjänster
Conference name: Wireless Systems and Network Architectures in Next Generation Internet. Second International Workshop of the EURO-NGI Network of Excellence.
Year: 2005
Pagination: 242-54
ISBN: 3-540-34025-4
Publisher: Springer Verlag
City: Lake Como, Italy
ISI number: 000239418900018
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Engineering - Dept. of Telecommunication Systems (Sektionen för teknik – avd. för telekommunikationssystem)
School of Engineering S- 372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 38 50 00
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Language: English
Abstract: Based on the need for distributed end-to-end quality management for next-generation mobile Internet services, this paper presents a ready-to-deploy quality assessment concept for the impact of the network on the performance of mobile services. We consider the throughput utility function (TUF) as a special case of the network utility function (NUF). These functions combine the observed network utility at the inlet and the outlet of a mobile network. NUF and TUF capture the damping effect of the network onto user-perceived quality from an end-to-end perspective. As opposed to sometimes hard-to-evaluate QoS parameters such as delay and loss, the NUF is highly intuitive due to its mapping to a simple value between 0 and 100 %, which reflects user perception. We demonstrate the capabilities of the proposed TUF by measurements of application-perceived throughput conducted in a mobile, i.e. GPRS and UMTS network.
Summary in Swedish: Ett nytt sätt att uttrycka nätverkets inflytande på tjänstekvaliten (skala från 0 till 100) för mobila tjänster.
Subject: Telecommunications\General
Keywords: Quality of Service (QoS), Throughput, Utility Function, measurements, mobile services
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