A Review of Random Access Algorithms

A common component of all IEEE 802.14 (standards for CaTV modems)
MAC proposals is the use of some form of random access process
for accessing the CaTV network. The need for random access is
dictated by the presence of a large number of stations, most
of which are expected to be silent at any single moment, that
have no means to coordinate their transmissions directly with
each other. In this paper, we discuss some of the most known
random access algorithms and review some of their pros and cons.

By: Chatschik Bisdikian

Published in: RC20348 in 1996


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