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Vehicular Ad hoc NETworks (VANETs) aim at increasing safety on the people road networks as well as bringing road users new applications and entertainment. Ad hoc networks with a linear topology appear frequently in VANETs stimulating increased interest in the study of linear ad hoc networks. Access in VANETs is usually governed by Carrier Sense Multiple Access (CSMA) techniques. Thus studying the performance of CSMA in linear ad hoc networks can be very beneficial to optimize the design of these new networks: VANETs. In this paper, the authors analyze the performance of CSMA in linear networks.
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