On Distributed Communications Series

IV. Priority, Precedence, and Overload


I am indebted to Jack Carne for many discussions that raised some of the notions included in this work. I would also like to acknowledge the continuing aid of Keith Uncapher and Wade Holland in the preparation of this series.

The parallel but independent work of Marvin Adelson at System Development Corporation is also to be noted. In an internal SDC working paper he has briefly suggested a somewhat related direction to the common problem. I would also like to acknowledge a conversation with Arthur Rosenberg of SDC on the subject, and to mention the excellent work of Col. A. J. Mandelbaum, appearing in reports of the Stanford Research Institute describing military communications traffic overload problems.[1]

I would also like to acknowledge many always stimulating discussions with R. H. Scherer, of the Office of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering, on communications, and in particular his statements on the differences between perishability and the importance of military traffic.

C. B. Laning of System Development Corporation, Marvin Adelson, now at the National Academy of Sciences, Jack Carne and James Farmer of RAND reviewed this manuscript and made many excellent suggestions which have been incorporated.

Inasmuch as the thoughts raised in this paper are highly speculative, and may be regarded by some as flights of fancy beyond the realm of justifiable experience, I alone must take the blame.

[1] Mandelbaum, A. J., Speed of Communications, Precedence and Traffic Control (U), Technical Report 2, Stanford Research Institute Project 2841, Menlo Park, California.