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A queueing model for optimal segmentation of a token-ring local area network

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1 Author(s)
Stidham, S., Jr. ; Dept. of Oper. Res., North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill, NC, USA

As nodes are added to a token-ring LAN and compete for the token, the system may experience intolerable congestion or even become unstable. Following Husselbaugh (1995), we use a simple M/GI/1 queueing model to analyse whether a LAN with symmetric traffic should be segmented into subnetworks connected by a bridge. Our model accurately represents traffic as a function of the number of nodes in each segment and explicitly considers the trade off between reduced congestion and the cost of a bridge. We compare our model to the multi-class polling models in the literature on token-ring LANS

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Decision and Control, 1996., Proceedings of the 35th IEEE Conference on  (Volume:2 )

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11-13 Dec 1996

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