Slicing in WiFi networks through airtime-based resource allocation
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AuthorRichart, Matías; Baliosian, Javier; Serrat Fernandez, Joan; Gorricho Moreno, Juan Luis; Agüero Calvo, Ramón
Network slicing is one of the key enabling technologies for 5G networks. It allows infrastructure owners to assign resources to service providers (tenants), which will afterwards use them to satisfy their end-user demands. This paradigm, which changes the way networks have been traditionally managed, was initially proposed in the wired realm (core networks). More recently, the scientific community has paid attention to the integration of network slicing in wireless cellular technologies (LTE). However, there are not many works addressing the challenges that appear when trying to exploit slicing techniques over WiFi networks, in spite of their growing relevance. In this paper we propose a novel method of proportionally distributing resources in WiFi networks, by means of the airtime. We develop an analytical model, which shed light on how such resources could be split. The validity of the proposed model is assessed by means of simulation-based evaluation over the ns-3 framework.