Mean Field Markov Models of Wireless Local Area Networks

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Executive Summary

In 1998, Giuseppe Bianchi introduced a mean field Markov model of the fundamental medium access control protocol used in Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs). Due to the model's intuitive appeal and the accuracy of its predictions, since then there has been a vast body of material published that extends and analyzes models of a similar character. As the majority of this development has taken place within the culture and nomenclature of the telecommunications community, the aim of the present paper is to review this work in a way that makes it accessible to probabilists.

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