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Comprehensive downtime prediction in next-generation internet

Al-Khateeb, Wajdi Fawzi Mohammed and Al-Irhayim, Sufyan and Al-Khateeb, Khalid A. Saeed (2004) Comprehensive downtime prediction in next-generation internet. IIUM Engineering Journal, 5 (1). ISSN 1511-788X

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The benchmark for the reliability quality of networks depends mainly on the accuracy and comprehensiveness of the reliability parameters. Downtime prediction of a communication system is crucial for the quality of service (QoS) offered to the end-user. Markov model enables analytical calculation of average single figure cumulative downtime over one year. The single average approach, generally, does not adequately describe the wide range of service performance that is likely to be experienced in communications systems due to the random nature of the failure. Therefore, it would be more appropriate to add downtime distribution obtained from network availability models to predict the expected cumulative downtime and other performance parameters among a large number of system populations. The distribution approach provides more comprehensive information about the behavior of the individual systems. Laplace-Stieltjes transform enables analytical solutions for simple network architectures, i.e. the simplex system and the parallel system. This paper uses simulations to determine reliability parameters for complex architecture such as the Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) backbone planned for next-generation Internet. In addition to the single figure downtime, simulations provide other reliability parameters such as probability of zero downtime. The paper also considers the downtime distribution among a population of equally designed systems.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3475/5641
Uncontrolled Keywords: Reliability, availability, downtime, Multiprotocol label switching
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering > TK5101 Telecommunication. Including telegraphy, radio, radar, television
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Khalid A. S. Al-Khateeb
Date Deposited: 09 May 2012 13:40
Last Modified: 09 May 2012 13:40
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/5641

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