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Author Greenberg, Albert G. ♦ Flajolet, Philippe ♦ Ladner, Richard E.
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©1987
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Abstract New, improved algorithms are proposed for regulating access to a multiple-access channel, a common channel shared by many geographically distributed computing stations. A conflict of multiplicity n occurs when $\textit{n}$ stations transmit simultaneously to the channel. As a result, all stations receive feedback indicating whether $\textit{n}$ is 0, 1, or ≥2. If $\textit{n}$ = 1, the transmission succeeds; whereas if $\textit{n}$ ≥ 2, all the transmissions fail. Algorithms are presented and analyzed that allow the conflicting stations to compute a stochastic estimate $\textit{n}*$ of $\textit{n},$ cooperatively, at small cost, as a function of the feedback elicited during its execution. An algorithm to $\textit{resolve}$ a conflict among two or more stations controls the retransmissions of the conflicting stations so that each eventually transmits singly to the channel. Combining one of our estimation algorithms with a tree algorithm (of Capetanakis, Hayes, and Tsybakov and Mikhailov) then leads to a hybrid algorithm for conflict resolution. Several efficient combinations are possible, the most efficient of which resolves conflicts about 20 percent faster on average than any of the comparable algorithms reported to date.
ISSN 00045411
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1987-04-01
Publisher Place New York
e-ISSN 1557735X
Journal Journal of the ACM (JACM)
Volume Number 34
Issue Number 2
Page Count 37
Starting Page 289
Ending Page 325


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Source: ACM Digital Library