Communication and Computer Networks: Modelling with discrete-time queues / Edition 1

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This book presents a unified approach to developing accurate discrete-time models of communication and computer networks, using discrete-time queuing theory and approximation techniques to obtain solutions. The first chapter outlines the basic aims and philosophy of the book and introduces discrete-time queues at the simplest possible level. The chapters that follow cover probability theory and discrete-time Markov chains, delve into discrete-time queues and queuing networks, and focus on applications for satellite and local area networks. In addition, the book gives examples of specific modeling techniques, and covers handling statistically different users, finite channel delays, timing delays, and unsolvable traffic equations.

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A text that presents a unified method for modeling any network access protocol as a discrete-time queuing network, and develops efficient solution techniques for these models. A significant number of the models and their solutions have not previously appeared in the open literature. The treatment is self-contained and progresses from basic probability theory and discrete-time Markov chains, through to discrete-time queues, and discrete-time queuing networks. These latter are applied to model the performance of numerous wide area satellite networks and local area networks, ranging in complexity from simple Aloha schemes to the timed token protocol of the FDDI network. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780818651724
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/13/1994
  • Series: Systems Series , #14
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Woodward is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Loughborough University of Technology, U.K. He obtained a first class honours degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nottingham, U.K., in 1967, and was awarded a Ph.D at the same institution in 1971 for research into decomposition of sequential logic systems. He currently teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Software Engineering, Digital Communications, and Communication and Computer Networks, and has had over fifty research papers published in these and related areas. His present research interests include discrete-time queueing systems and the performance modeling of ATM networks.
Dr. Woodward is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, and is Chartered Mathematician.

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Table of Contents

1. Networks, Queues and Performance Modelling.

1.1 Introduction.

1.2 Network tyes.

1.3 Multiple-access protocols.

1.4 Discrete-time queues.

1.5 Performance measures.

2. Probability, Random Variables, and Distributions.

2.1 Probability.

2.2 Random variables.

2.3 Distributions.

2.4 Conditional distributions.

3. Stochastic Process and Markov Chains.

3.1 Poisson process.

3.2 Properties of the Poisson process.

3.3 Markov chains.

3.4 Markov chain models.

3.5 Exercises.

4. Discrete-Time Queues.

4.1 Performance measures and Litte's result.

4.2 Discrete-time queueing conventions.

4.3 Discrete-time M/M/1 queue.

4.4 Discrete-time M/M/1/J queue.

4.5 Discrete-time M-an/M/1

4.6 Discrete-time M-an/M-dm/ infinity queue.

4.7 S-queues.

4.8 Exercises.

5. Discrete-Time Queueing Networks.

5.1 Tandem S-queues.

5.2 Network of S-queues.

5.3 Discrete-time queueing network models for multiple access protocols.

5.4 Equilibrium point analysis.

5.5 Different customer classes.

5.6 Exercises.

6. Satellite Networks.

6.1 Time-division multiple access.

6.2 Slotted Aloha.

6.3 Code division multiple access.

6.4 Buffered slotted Aloha

6.5 Exercises.

7. Local Area Networks.

7.1 Carrier sensing networks.

7.2 Token passing networks.

7.3 Slotted rings.

7.4 Exercises.




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