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On the Stability of Communication Systems with Timed Token Protocols


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  • Blanc, J.P.C.

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)


Medium Access Control protocols for high speed LAN/MANs often employ a timer-controlled token passing mechanism to control station access to the shared media. These protocols support time-critical (real-time) applications, and provide priority among non time-critical applications. This paper considers the stability of systems with several target token rotation times. It shows that there do not exist simple, general stability bounds for these systems, because these bounds may depend on the arrival processes and the transmission time distributions not only through their means.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 1999-11.

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Date of creation: 1999
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:kubcen:199911

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Keywords: communication system; token rotation time; bursty arrivals; priorities; non time- critical traffic; stability; power-series algorithm;

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  1. Blanc, J.P.C., 1990. "Performance evaluation of polling systems by means of the power-series algorithm," Research Memorandum 459, Tilburg University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
  2. Blanc, J.P.C. & Lenzini, L., 1995. "Analysis of communication systems with timed token protocols using the power-series algorithm," Discussion Paper 1995-100, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
  3. Blanc, J.P.C., 1993. "Performance Analysis and Optimization with the Power-Series Algorithm," Discussion Paper 1993-47, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
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