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<p><b>Abstract</b>—We investigate the timing properties of the timed token protocol that are necessary to guarantee synchronous message deadlines. A tighter upper bound on the elapse time between the token's <i>l</i>th arrival at any node <i>i</i> and its (<i>l</i>+<i>v</i>)th arrival at any node <i>k</i> is found. A formal proof to this generalized bound is presented.</p>
Protocol timing properties, timed token medium access control (MAC) protocol, timed token networks, FDDI networks, real-time communications.

S. Zhang, T. Cheng and A. Burns, "Cycle-Time Properties of the Timed Token Medium Access Control Protocol," in IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 51, no. , pp. 1362-1367, 2002.
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