Contention resolution with guaranteed constant expected delay
Goldberg, L.A. and MacKenzie, P.D. (1997) Contention resolution with guaranteed constant expected delay. Technical Report. Department of Computer Science, Coventry, UK.
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We study contention resolution in multiple-access channels such as the Ethernet. Under a stochastic model of continuous packet generation from a set of n processors, we construct a protocol which guarantees constant expected delay for generation rates up to a fixed constant which is less than 1. Previous protocols which are stable for constant arrival rates do not guarantee constant expected delay. The two protocols that achieved results closest to this are one by Raghavan and Upfal, which only guarantees logarithmic (in n) expected delay, and one by Paterson and Srinivasan, which only guarantees constant expected delay with high probability. (In the latter protocol, there is a non-zero probability that the initial clock synchronization might fail and cause the expected delay to grow unboundedly.) Although those protocols do not guarantee constant expected delay, we have used ideas from them in the construction of our protocol, which does guarantee constant expected delay. We achieve our results using a technique called Robust Synchronization which is applied periodically in our protocol. The introduction of this technique and the analysis of this technique are the major contributions of the paper.
|Item Type:||Monograph (Technical Report)|
|Additional Information:||L.A. Goldberg and P.D. MacKenzie, “Contention Resolution with Guaranteed Constant Expected Delay”, <i>Proceedings of the Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science 38</i>, pp. 213-222 (1997)|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Computer Science|
|Depositing User:||Mr Ebrahim Ardeshir|
|Date Deposited:||05 Jan 2012 09:13|
|Last Modified:||01 Nov 2012 18:06|
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