Approaches to optimization of SS/TDMA time slot assignment
Abstract
Reduction techniques for traffic matrices are explored in some detail. These matrices arise in satellite switched timedivision multiple access (SS/TDMA) techniques whereby switching of uplink and downlink beams is required to facilitate interconnectivity of beam zones. A traffic matrix is given to represent that traffic to be transmitted from n uplink beams to n downlink beams within a TDMA frame typically of 1 ms duration. The frame is divided into segments of time and during each segment a portion of the traffic is represented by a switching mode. This time slot assignment is characterized by a mode matrix in which there is not more than a single nonzero entry on each line (row or column) of the matrix. Investigation is confined to decomposition of an n x n traffic matrix by mode matrices with a requirement that the decomposition be 100 percent efficient or, equivalently, that the line(s) in the original traffic matrix whose sum is maximal (called critical line(s)) remain maximal as mode matrices are subtracted throughout the decomposition process. A method of decomposition of an n x n traffic matrix by mode matrices results in a number of steps that is bounded by n(2)  2n + 2. It is shown that this upper bound exists for an n x n matrix wherein all the lines are maximal (called a quasi doubly stochastic (QDS) matrix) or for an n x n matrix that is completely arbitrary. That is, the fact that no method can exist with a lower upper bound is shown for both QDS and arbitrary matrices, in an elementary and straightforward manner.
 Publication:

NASA STI/Recon Technical Report N
 Pub Date:
 January 1984
 Bibcode:
 1984STIN...8416243W
 Keywords:

 Beam Switching;
 Optimization;
 Time Division Multiple Access;
 Communication Satellites;
 Decomposition;
 Matrices (Circuits);
 Space Communications, Spacecraft Communications, Command and Tracking