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Performance of uplink random-access and downlink TDMA techniques for packet satellite networks

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4 Author(s)
Benelli, G. ; Università di Firenze, Florence, Italy ; Del Re, E. ; Fantacci, R. ; Mandelli, F.

In this paper the integration of ALOHA random-access schemes and TDMA techniques in a multibeam packet satellite network are analyzed. The uplink channels operate according to a slotted-ALOHA protocol, while the downlink channels use a TDMA strategy. Two different models are described. In the first model, each transponder on-board the satellite is permanently connected to a preassigned spot beam. The second model uses a number of transponders lower than the number of spot beams. Some different strategies of transmission are proposed in the latter model, able to provide full interconnection among earth stations by channel-hopping capability of the transponders. The performance of the models is evaluated through queueing theory analysis and extensive computer simulations. The obtained results suggest the second model as an efficient candidate for the implementation of a multibeam packet satellite network. In that case, the system parameters must be carefully chosen in order to avoid possible instability conditions.

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:72 ,  Issue: 11 )