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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


Computer Science


David M Nicol


The simulation of comprehensive models for cellular wireless systems poses a computational burden of great proportions. When a sub-model for transmitter power level control is included in the simulation, a continuous process in discrete-time is introduced, requiring traditional execution to advance in small, regular time-steps. to accelerate these simulations, we propose the use of interval jumping, a novel technique which allows time to progress in adaptive, irregularly-sized jumps in time. The foundations for this mechanism are laid out in the light of the simulation of a complex simulation model which includes teletraffic, radio propagation, channel allocation, transmitter power control, and user mobility. We demonstrate the performance of this method through the use of sequential and parallel simulation.;Approaching the problem of accelerating the simulation of wireless systems from a different angle, we also identify a second important performance bottleneck. Calculations for interference computation, which may be carried out hundreds of times for each second of simulated time, require the evaluation of O(N2) interactions, for a system with N transmitter/receiver pairs. In order to provide a computationally cheaper and more scalable alternative to these operations, we study the applicability of an N-body algorithm, which brings time complexity down to O(N log N).



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