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Receptivity: a measure of computer networks' ability to accommodate concurrent communication

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1 Author(s)
Antonio, John K. ; Sch. of Electr. Eng., Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN, USA

A network performance measure, called receptivity, is introduced which quantifies a computer network's ability to accommodate concurrent communication. Receptivity is basically defined as the probability that a rejection of a communication request does not occur, i.e., it is the probability that the network will be receptive to all expected concurrent communication requests. A graph-theoretic result is derived which places upper bounds on the maximum number of concurrently communicating origin-destination pairs which a given computer network can accommodate. The bound is dependent on several important network parameters including the number of network links, the maximum link capacity, and a measure of the network's average minimum hop distance. The upper bound result is used as a basis for estimating receptivity. The estimate for receptivity compares favorably with simulated values of receptivity for several example networks

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INFOCOM '91. Proceedings. Tenth Annual Joint Conference of the IEEE Computer and Communications Societies. Networking in the 90s., IEEE

Date of Conference:

7-11 Apr 1991