What are four general techniques to improve quality of services (QoS)?

Subject Computer Network
NU Year Set: 6.(a) Marks: 4 Year: 2017

Techniques that can be used to improve the quality of service as follows scheduling, traffic shaping, admission control and resource reservation.

Scheduling :

Packets from different flows arrive at a switch or router for processing. A good scheduling technique treats the different flows in a fair and appropriate manner. Several scheduling techniques are designed to improve the quality of service. Three of them here: FIFO queuing, priority queuing, and weighted fair queuing.

1) FIFO Queuing: In first-in, first-out (FIFO) queuing, packets wait in a buffer (queue) until the node (router or switch) is ready to process them. If the average arrival rate is higher than the average processing rate, the queue will fill up and new packets will be discarded. Figure9 shows a conceptual view of a FIFO queue.

2) Priority Queuing: In priority queuing, packets are first assigned to a priority class. Each priority class has its own queue. The packets in the highest-priority queue are processed first. Packets in the lowest-priority queue are processed last. Note that the system does not stop serving a queue until it is empty.

3) Weighted Fair Queuing: A better scheduling method is weighted fair queuing. In this technique, the packets are still assigned to different classes and admitted to different queues. The queues, however, are weighted based on the priority of the queues; higher priority means a higher weight. The system processes packets in each queue in a round-robin fashion with the number of packets selected from each queue based on the corresponding weight.

  • Traffic Shaping :

    Traffic shaping is a mechanism to control the amount and the rate of the traffic sent to the network. Two techniques can shape traffic: leaky bucket and token bucket.

    1) Leaky Bucket: A technique called leaky bucket can smooth out bursty traffic. Bursty chunks are stored in the bucket and sent out at an average rate.

    A simple leaky bucket implementation is shown in Figure11. A FIFO queue holds the packets. If the traffic consists of fixed-size packets, the process removes a fixed number of packets from the queue at each tick of the clock. If the traffic consists of variable-length packets, the fixed output rate must be based on the number of bytes or bits.



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