Performance Evaluation of Multicast Communication in Packet-Switched Networks

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)


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 languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-80
Number of pages20
JournalPerformance Evaluation
Issue number1/4
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • EWI-978
  • IR-55820


Dive into the research topics of 'Performance Evaluation of Multicast Communication in Packet-Switched Networks'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this