Random Access Transport Capacity

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Executive Summary

The authors develop a new metric for quantifying end-to-end throughput in multihop wireless networks, which they term random access transport capacity since the interference model presumes uncoordinated transmissions. The metric quantifies the average maximum rate of successful end-to-end transmissions, multiplied by the communication distance, and normalized by the network area. They show that a simple upper bound on this quantity is computable in closed-form in terms of key network parameters when the number of retransmissions is not restricted and the hops are assumed to be equally spaced on a line between the source and destination.

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