On Distributed Communications

III. Determination of Path-Lengths in a Distributed Network

by J. W. Smith

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One in a series of eleven Memoranda detailing the Distributed Adaptive Message Block Network, a proposed digital data communications system based on a distributed network concept. Results of investigations into the behavior of distributed communications networks under various loading conditions are reported. A mathematical model and a deterministic equation for predicting the distribution of message path-lengths are derived and evaluated. A SCAT-encoded simulation program that corrects deficiencies of earlier simulations is described.

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  • Section One

    Introduction HTML

  • Section Two

    The Routing Doctrine HTML

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    Computational Techniques HTML

  • Section Four

    Input-Choking and Stack Lengths HTML

  • Section Five

    Edge Binding HTML

  • Section Six

    Variations in Traffic Density HTML

  • Section Seven

    The Best-Path Algorithm HTML

  • Appendix A

    Program Descriptiion HTML

  • Appendix B

    Program Listing HTML

  • List of Publications in the Series HTML

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