Transport layer performance in 5G mmWave cellular

Menglei Zhang, Marco Mezzavilla, Russell Ford, Sundeep Rangan, Shivendra Panwar, Evangelos Mellios, Di Kong, Andrew Nix, Michele Zorzi

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The millimeter wave (mmWave) bands are likely to play a significant role in next generation cellular systems due to the possibility of very high throughput thanks to the availability of massive bandwidth and high-dimensional antennas. Especially in Non-Line-of-Sight conditions, significant variations in the received RF power can occur as a result of the scattering from nearby building and terrain surfaces. Scattering objects come and go as the user moves through the local environment. At the higher end of the mmWave band, rough surface scatter generates cluster-based small-scale fading, where signal levels can vary by more than 20 dB over just a few wavelengths. This high level of channel variability may present significant challenges for congestion control. Using our recently developed end-to-end mmWave ns3-based framework, this paper presents the first performance evaluation of TCP congestion control in next-generation mmWave networks. Importantly, the framework can incorporate detailed models of the mmWave channel, beamforming and tracking algorithms, and builds on statistical channel models derived from real measurements in New York City, as well as detailed ray traces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 IEEE Conference on Computer Communications Workshops, INFOCOM WKSHPS 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467399555
StatePublished - Sep 6 2016
Event35th IEEE Conference on Computer Communications Workshops, INFOCOM WKSHPS 2016 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Apr 10 2016Apr 14 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE INFOCOM
ISSN (Print)0743-166X


Other35th IEEE Conference on Computer Communications Workshops, INFOCOM WKSHPS 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


  • 5G
  • Congestion control
  • Millimeter wave cellular
  • Performance evaluation
  • Raytracing
  • TCP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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