Connectivity properties of a mobile packet radio network model

T. K. Philips, S. S. Panwar, A. N. Tantawi

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A model of a packet radio network in which transmitters with a transmission range of R units are distributed according to a two-dimensional Poisson point process is examined. It is a widely held belief that an optimal number of nearest neighbors of a transmitter (the magic number) exists that maximizes the throughput of the network. The authors show that no magic number can exist. However, the notion of a magic number is shown to be useful, and an explanation is provided for why computations based on magic numbers give answers that are good in practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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