I'm having a hard time understanding what is mean't by the aggregrate rate $\lambda$ and what it means for throughput in unslotted and slotted Aloha protocols. The more I seem to read about poission process the more confused I get.
I understand that the probability a packet is transmitted in a time interval $\delta t$ is $\lambda \times \delta t$ where you have $N$ senders and $Y$ is the aggregate rate from all $N$ senders.
However I don't understand what is mean't by aggregate rate. It's quite a perculiar phrase. Does it mean the probability that any of the $N$ senders will try to transmit, or is the number of packets to be sent by $N$ senders over the time?
Next we're then told that the individual rate for a sender is $\lambda / N$. Because I'm so confused by what is mean't by rate it's hard to begin to think about what this even means.