Equalizing throughputs in random-access networks

P.M. Ven, van de, S.C. Borst, T.J.J. Denteneer, A.J.E.M. Janssen, J.S.H. Leeuwaarden, van

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Random-access algorithms such as CSMA provide a popular mechanism for distributed medium access control in largescale wireless networks. In recent years, tractable models have been shown to yield accurate throughput estimates for CSMA networks. We consider the saturated model on a general conflict graph, and prove that for each graph, there exists a vector of activation rates (or mean back-off times) that leads to equal throughputs for all users. We describe an algorithm for computing such activation rates, and discuss a few specific conflict graphs that allow for explicit characterization of these fair activation rates. Keywords: CSMA, fixed point, global invertibility, loss networks, Markov processes, random access, throughput, wireless networks
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication12th Workshop on Mathematical Performance Modeling and Analysis (MAMA 2010, New York NY, USA, June 18, 2010; in conjunction with SIGMETRICS 2010)
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameACM SIGMETRICS Performance Evaluation Review
ISSN (Print)0163-5999


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