Binary Exponential Backoff Is Stable for High Arrival Rates

  • Hesham Al-Ammal
  • Leslie Ann Goldberg
  • Phil MacKenzie
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1770)


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).


Arrival Rate Bernoulli Trial Multiple Access Channel Average Message Binary Exponential Backoff 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hesham Al-Ammal
    • 1
  • Leslie Ann Goldberg
    • 2
  • Phil MacKenzie
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK
  2. 2.Information Sciences Center, Bell LaboratoriesLucent TechnologiesMurray Hill

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