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Characterizing the performance of ad hoc networks is one of the most intricate open challenges; conventional ideas based on information-theoretic techniques and inequalities have not yet been able to successfully tackle this problem in its generality. Motivated thus, the authors promote the Totally Asymmetric Simple Exclusion Process (TASEP), a particle flow model in statistical mechanics, as a useful analytical tool to study ad hoc networks with random access. Employing the TASEP framework, they first investigate the average end-to-end delay and throughput performance of a linear multi-hop flow of packets.
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