A new technique for performance evaluation of random access protocols

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2284-2288
Journal / PublicationIEEE International Conference on Communications
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


Title2002 International Conference on Communications (ICC 2002)
PlaceUnited States
CityNew York, NY
Period28 April - 2 May 2002


A new technique is proposed for performance evaluation of random access protocols. This technique is based on the idea that the service probability distribution of a particular random access protocol can be described by a phase-type distribution. By modeling the service probability distribution of a protocol into a phase-type distribution, the performance of the protocol can be evaluated using an equivalent Continuous Time Markov Chain. In this paper we demonstrate the applicability of the technique to performance evaluation of the IEEE 802.3 and the IEEE 802.11 MAC protocols. Furthermore, we provide an example of performance evaluation of a MAC protocol subject to bursty traffic models such as the Markov Modulated Poisson Process. The accuracy the results are verified by simulation.