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This book presents a unified approach to developing accurate discrete-time models of communication and computer networks, using discrete-time queuing theory and approximation techniques to obtain solutions. The first chapter outlines the basic aims and philosophy of the book and introduces discrete-time queues at the simplest possible level. The chapters that follow cover probability theory and discrete-time Markov chains, delve into discrete-time queues and queuing networks, and focus on applications for satellite and local area networks. In addition, the book gives examples of specific modeling techniques, and covers handling statistically different users, finite channel delays, timing delays, and unsolvable traffic equations.
Michael Woodward is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Loughborough University of Technology, U.K. He obtained a first class honours degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nottingham, U.K., in 1967, and was awarded a Ph.D at the same institution in 1971 for research into decomposition of sequential logic systems. He currently teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Software Engineering, Digital Communications, and Communication and Computer Networks, and has had over fifty research papers published in these and related areas. His present research interests include discrete-time queueing systems and the performance modeling of ATM networks. Dr. Woodward is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, and is Chartered Mathematician.