Approximate queue scheduling for rainfall synthesis over radio links in subtropical regions

A. A. Alonge, T. J.O. Afullo

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In this paper, a queue scheduling technique of evaluating the incidence of rainfall over radio links is presented. This technique proposes the synthesis of rainfall events from decomposed rain spike components generated from queueing analysis. In this study, rainfall spikes generated during rain events over Durban (29°52'S, 30°58'E) - are assumed as finite - with each overlapping one another, according to a specified queue discipline. Over this subtropical location, the M/Ek/s queue discipline is adapted such that spike arrivals are Markovian (M), and their service time, Erlangian (Ek) with multiple servers, s. From results, the rainfall statistical distributions generated from this technique are observed to compare well with the actual data in South Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceeding of the 2015 12th IEEE AFRICON International Conference
Subtitle of host publicationGreen Innovation for African Renaissance
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781479974986
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event12th IEEE AFRICON International Conference, AFRICON 2015 - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Duration: 14 Sept 201517 Sept 2015

Publication series

NameIEEE AFRICON Conference
ISSN (Print)2153-0025
ISSN (Electronic)2153-0033


Conference12th IEEE AFRICON International Conference, AFRICON 2015
CityAddis Ababa


  • Rain attenuation
  • Rainfall queues
  • rainfall rate synthesis
  • semi-Markovian queues

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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