Toward Enabling High-Five Over WiFi: A Tactile Internet Paradigm

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Abstract

The next frontier for immersive applications is enabling sentience over the Internet. Tactile Internet (TI) envisages transporting skills by providing ultra-low-latency (ULL) communications for transporting touch senses. In this work, we focus our study on the first/last mile communication, where the future generation WiFi-7 is pitched as the front-runner for ULL applications. We discuss a few candidate features of WiFi-7 and highlight its major pitfalls with respect to ULL communication. Further, through a specific implementation of WiFi-7 (vanilla WiFi-7) in our custom simulator, we demonstrate the impact of one of the pitfalls - the standard practice of using jitter buffer in conjunction with frame aggregation - on TI communication. To circumvent this, we propose the Non-Buffered Scheme (NoBuS) - a simple MAC layer enhancement for enabling TI applications over WiFi-7. NoBuS trades off packet loss for latency, enabling swift synchronization between the master and controlled domains. Our findings reveal that employing NoBuS yields a significant improvement in RMSE of TI signals. Further, we show that the worst case WiFi latency with NoBuS is 3.72 ms - an order of magnitude lower than vanilla WiFi-7 even under highly congested network conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-96
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Communications Magazine
Volume59
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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