Resolving Policy Conflicts In Multi-Carrier Cellular Access

Authors:
Zengwen Yuan UCLA
Qianru Li UCLA
Yuanjie Li UCLA
Songwu Lu UCLA
Chunyi Peng Purdue University
George Varghese UCLA

Introduction:

in this paper, the authors study the important, yet largely unexplored, problem of inter-carrier switching for multi-carrier access.

Abstract:

Multi-carrier cellular access dynamically selects a preferred wireless carrier by leveraging the availability and diversity of multiple carrier networks at a location. It ofers an alternative to the dominant single-carrier paradigm, and shows early signs of success through the operational Project Fi by Google. In this paper, we study the important, yet largely unexplored, problem of inter-carrier switching for multi-carrier access. We show that policy conflicts can arise between interand intra-carrier switching, resulting in oscillations among carriers in the worst case akin to BGP looping. We derive the conditions under which such oscillations occur for three categories of popular policy, and validate them with Project Fi whenever possible. We provide practical guidelines to ensure loop-freedom and assess them via trace-driven emulations.

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