An Experimental Study on Energy Consumption of Wireless Multipath TCP Connections

Atef Abdrabou, Monika Prakash, Ahmed S. Alshehi, Sirag Eldin Ahmed, Mohamed Darwish

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Multipath TCP (MPTCP) allows multihomed devices to exploit the available bandwidths of multiple radio access technologies (multi-RATs) of overlapped coverage. Moreover, it provides the necessary data transfer reliability and congestion control. However, the energy consumption behavior of different MPCTP congestion control algorithms remains unclear. This paper offers a comparative experimental study for the energy consumption performance of three MPTCP congestion control algorithms, namely, Cubic, linked increases algorithm (LIA), and opportunistic linked increases algorithm (OLIA). The lab experimentation is performed using a testbed that contains dual-homed wireless devices, which send some amount of data via MPTCP over two wireless interfaces. One is connected to a real (not simulated) LTE eNodeB and the other to a real WiFi access point (AP). The three algorithms are compared under varying factors such as data flow lifetime, receiver buffer size, and data size. Our findings reveal that the three algorithms consume similar amount of energy with long-lived flows, whereas OLIA exhibits the best energy consumption behavior for relatively short-lived flows. Also, it is observed that OLIA consumes the lowest amount of energy if an intra-eNodeB and/or AP handover occurs during the lifetime of a long-lived flow.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 Wireless Telecommunications Symposium, WTS 2019
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781538683804
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019
Event18th Annual Wireless Telecommunications Symposium, WTS 2019 - New York City, United States
Duration: Apr 9 2019Apr 12 2019

Publication series

NameWireless Telecommunications Symposium
ISSN (Print)1934-5070


Conference18th Annual Wireless Telecommunications Symposium, WTS 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York City


  • LTE
  • Multipath TCP
  • WiFi
  • congestion control
  • energy consumption
  • handover
  • multihoming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Signal Processing


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