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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Good, Stephen D
Author's Email Address stgood@vt.edu
URN etd-05132012-124256
Title A Study into the Tradeoffs Between TDM / MF-SCPC and TDM / MF-TDMA Transport Options to Support IP-Based Multimedia Applications Under Different Load Conditions Within a Point-to-Multipoint Satellite Network
Degree Master of Science
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
DaSilva, Luiz A. Committee Co-Chair
Zaghloul, Amir I. Committee Co-Chair
Midkiff, Scott F. Committee Member
  • TDM
  • VSAT networks
  • Satellite
Date of Defense 2012-05-04
Availability unrestricted
This thesis provides the reader with an overview of the many elements that are involved in geosynchronous satellite point-to-multipoint Internet Protocol (IP)-based multimedia communications design and also takes a deep dive into the analysis of a real-life scenario, using the TDM / MF-SCPC and TDM / MF-TDMA media access techniques.

This thesis starts with a discussion of satellite network topologies utilized within point-to-multipoint satellite communications followed by an overview of the satellite communications channel. A discussion on the intelligent and proper selection of modulation and coding follows. Descriptions and characteristics of the satellite access technologies chosen to be analyzed are next followed by a detailed description of Forward Error Correction (FEC) techniques and a discussion on network-wide tradeoffs so selecting different options.

The thesis then presents the results of a real-life scenario, investigating both TDM / MF-SCPC and TDM / MF-TDMA media access technique options, pointing out the tradeoffs brought to the forefront earlier in the study. The major takeaway is that there does not exist a one-size-fits-all solution that works for each and every scenario.

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