Analyzing and optimizing adaptive modulation coding jointly with ARQ for QoS-guaranteed traffic

Xing Wang, Qingwen Liu, Georgios B. Giannakis

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A cross-layer design is developed for quality-of-service (QoS)-guaranteed traffic. The novel design jointly exploits the error-correcting capability of the truncated automatic repeat request (ARQ) protocol at the data link layer and the adaptation ability of the adaptive modulation and coding (AMC) scheme at the physical layer to optimize system performance for QoS-guaranteed traffic. The queuing behavior induced by both the truncated ARQ protocol and the AMC scheme is analyzed with an embedded Markov chain. Analytical expressions for performance metrics such as packet loss rate, throughput, and average packet delay are derived. Using these expressions, a constrained optimization problem is solved numerically to maximize the overall system throughput under the specified QoS constraints.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)710-720
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2007

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Manuscript received January 6, 2006; revised March 30, 2006 and April 20, 2006. This work was prepared through collaborative participation in the Communications and Networks Consortium sponsored by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory under the Collaborative Technology Alliance Program, Cooperative Agreement DAAD19-01-2-0011. The review of this paper was coordinated by Prof. D. O. Wu.


  • Adaptive modulation and coding (AMC)
  • Automatic repeat request (ARQ)
  • Cross-layer design
  • Embedded Markov chain
  • Quality-of-service (QoS)


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