Spatial mean-field limits for CSMA networks

Fabio Cecchi, Sem C. Borst, Johan S. H. Van Leeuwaarden, Philip A. Whiting

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Random-access algorithms such as the CSMA protocol provide a popular mechanism for distributed medium access control in large-scale wireless networks. Mean-field analysis has emerged as a convenient approach to obtain tractable performance estimates in such networks, but a critical limitation of the classical set-up is that all nodes are assumed to belong to a finite number of classes. We consider spatial mean-field limits which do not involve such a requirement, characterized in terms of a set of partial-differential equations, and in particular examine the fixed points of these equations for some specific network configurations. We discuss how the fixed points can be used to obtain estimates for key performance metrics, and present simulation experiments to demonstrate the accuracy of these estimates.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 2017 Fifty-Fifth Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing proceedings
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781538632666, 9781538632659
ISBN (Print)9781538632673
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event55th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, Allerton 2017 - Monticello, United States
Duration: 3 Oct 20176 Oct 2017


Conference55th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, Allerton 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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