Performance Evaluation of Multicast Communication in Packet-Switched Networks

Marko Schuba, Boudewijn R.H.M. Haverkort, Gaby Schneider

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    In this paper we describe the theoretical background and practical application of QNA-MC (queueing network analyser supporting multicast), a tool for the analytical evaluation of multicast protocols. QNA-MC is based on the QNA method, which (approximately) analyses open networks of GI|G|m queues. In contrast to standard QNA, QNA-MC allows for the specification and evaluation of multicast routes. As in real multicast communication, packets leaving a particular node can be copied and deterministically routed to several other nodes. In order to analyse such queueing networks, QNA-MC converts the multicast routes to a suitable input for standard QNA. From the results delivered by QNA, QNA-MC then derives several performance measures for multicast streams in the network. A validation of QNA-MC, via a comparison to simulation results, shows that QNA-MC yields very good results. Finally, we give a detailed application example by evaluating different multicast routing algorithms for a realistic video conferencing scenario in the European MBONE.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)61-80
    Number of pages20
    JournalPerformance evaluation
    Issue number1/4
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2000


    • EWI-978
    • IR-55820

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