Binary Exponential Backoff Is Stable for High Arrival Rates
Goodman, Greenberg, Madras and March gave a lower bound of n −Ω(log n) for the maximum arrival rate for which the n-user binary exponential backoff protocol is stable. Thus, they showed that the protocol is stable as long as the arrival rate is at most n −Ω(log n). We improve the lower bound, showing that the protocol is stable for arrival rates up to O(n −.9).
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