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Cano, C;Malone, D
Computer Networks
On efficiency and validity of previous Homeplug MAC performance analysis
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The Medium Access Control protocol of Power Line Communication networks (defined in Homeplug and IEEE 1901 standards) has received relatively modest attention from the research community. As a consequence, there is only one analytical model that complies with the standardised MAC procedures and considers unsaturated conditions. We identify two important limitations of the existing analytical model: high computational expense and predicted results just prior to the predicted saturation point do not correspond to long-term network performance. In this work, we present a simplification of the previously defined analytical model of Homeplug MAC able to substantially reduce its complexity and demonstrate that the previous performance results just before predicted saturation correspond to a transitory phase. We determine that the causes of previous misprediction are common analytical assumptions and the potential occurrence of a transitory phase, that we show to be of extremely long duration under certain circumstances. We also provide techniques, both analytical and experimental, to correctly predict long-term behaviour and analyse the effect of specific Homeplug/IEEE 1901 features on the magnitude of misprediction errors. Our simplified analysis is then used to model the priority resolution scheme defined in Homeplug/IEEE 1901. We show that previous tendencies found in simulations and in an off-the-shelf testbed are correctly captured in our framework. We also show that resorting to the traffic differentiation provided by the different contention parameters alone solves the starvation faced by lower-access category traffic. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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