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Modeling Networks with Dynamic Topologies

Moose Jr., Robert L. (1988) Modeling Networks with Dynamic Topologies. Technical Report TR-88-32, Computer Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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Dynamic hierarchical networks represent an architectural strategy for employing adaptive behavior in applications sensitive to highly variable external demands or uncertain internal conditions. The characteristics of such architectures are described, and the significance of adaptive capability is discussed. The necessity for assessing cost/benefit tradeoffs leads to the use of queueing network models. The general model, a network of M/M/1 queues in a random environment, is introduced and then is simplified so that the links may be treated as isolated M/M/1 queues in a random environment. This treatment yields a formula for approximate mean network delay by combining matrix-geometric results (mean queue length and mean delay) for the individual links. A discrete event simulation model is defined as a basis for cross-validation of the analytic model. Conditions under which the analytic model is considered valid are identified through comparison of the two models.

Item Type:Departmental Technical Report
Subjects:Computer Science > Historical Collection(Till Dec 2001)
ID Code:117
Deposited By:User autouser
Deposited On:05 December 2001