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Enhancing the Performance of Random Access Networks with Random Packet CDMA and Joint Detection

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EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20082009:238103

  • Received: 17 January 2008
  • Accepted: 29 July 2008
  • Published:


Random packet CDMA (RP-CDMA) is a recently proposed random transmission scheme which has been designed from the beginning as a cross-layer method to overcome the restrictive nature of the Aloha protocol. Herein, we more precisely model its performance and investigate throughput and network stability. In contrast to previous works, we adopt the spread Aloha model for header transmission, and the performance of different joint detection methods for the payload data is investigated. Furthermore, we introduce performance measures for multiple access systems based on the diagonal elements of a modified multipacket reception matrix, and show that our measures describe the upper limit of the vector of stable arrival rates for a finite number of users. Finally, we simulate queue sizes and throughput characteristics of RP-CDMA with various receiver structures and compare them to spread Aloha.


  • Arrival Rate
  • Access Network
  • Transmission Scheme
  • Access System
  • Queue Size

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Authors’ Affiliations

Military Air Systems, EADS Deutschland GmbH, 88039 Friedrichshafen, Germany
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Utah, UT 84112, USA


© Roland Kempter et al. 2009

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