Cover: On Distributed Communications

On Distributed Communications

III. Determination of Path-Lengths in a Distributed Network

Published 1964

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.

This research is sponsored by the United States Air Force under Project RAND-Contract No. AF 49(638) .700 monitored by the Directorate of Development Plans, Deputy Chief of Staff, Research and Development, Hq USAF.

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