Packet transmission in a noisy-channel ring network

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Assume that n stations, each with a buffer to hold only one packet at a time, are connected as a ring and that data packets are transmitted counterclockwise. A station will attempt to transmit a packet to the next station only if (i) it has a packet to send and (ii) the next station's buffer is empty. The communication channels connecting the stations are noisy, and there is a fixed probability p (0 < p < 1) of error-free transmission of a packet from one station to the next in one attempt. An exact expression for the long-run average time for a packet to go around the ring is derived. (A special case of this answers a question raised by Berman and Simon in [Proc. 20th ACM Symp. on Theory of Computing, ACM Press, 1988, pp. 66-77].) For fixed n and p, the throughput of the system is maximum when the number of packets is an integer closest to n/2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)553-562
Number of pages10
JournalSIAM Journal on Computing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

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  • Computer Science(all)
  • Mathematics(all)


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