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Global mobility management by replicated databases in personal communication networks

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2 Author(s)
Leung, K.K. ; AT&T Bell Labs., Holmdel, NJ, USA ; Levy, Y.

This paper explores the use of replicated databases for management of customer data (e.g., mobility data, call routing logic) in global, intelligent, and wireless networks. We propose and analyze two, full and partial, data replication schemes-which are compatible with industry protocol standards-and compare them with the traditional, centralized database scheme. By identifying a set of key teletraffic and mobility parameters, we develop a modeling framework based on queueing models and apply it to assess the relative performance and merits of these schemes. The paper also addresses some implementation issues. Numerical results reveal that the full replication scheme outperforms the centralized one over a wide range of the parameters considered in this study. Furthermore, if some customer data-such as location data for highly mobile customers in wireless networks-change frequently, and if each call launches multiple queries into the databases, the partial replication scheme offers further performance improvement. In general, however, the choice of the database design would depend on the specific characteristics of the service and user behavior under consideration

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Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Journal on  (Volume:15 ,  Issue: 8 )