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Using simulation to determine reliability and availability of telecommunication networks


  • Javier Faulin
  • Angel A. Juan
  • Carles Serrat
  • Vicente Bargueno


The design of reliable networks is a fundamental task for system managers and telecommunication engineers, since reliability and availability are strongly related to other important concepts, such as quality and security. We have developed some simulation-based algorithms, implemented as C/C++ programs that can be used to obtain information about reliability and availability levels in a network. They can also be used to identify those critical components that should be improved or duplicated in order to increase overall reliability or availability. Furthermore, a procedure to obtain all minimal paths connecting a set of nodes in a network is introduced. Finally, two application examples, regarding Wide Area Networks (WANs), are discussed using these algorithms and procedure. [Received 22 July 2006; Revised 17 October; Accepted 26 October 2006].

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  • Javier Faulin & Angel A. Juan & Carles Serrat & Vicente Bargueno, 2007. "Using simulation to determine reliability and availability of telecommunication networks," European Journal of Industrial Engineering, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 1(2), pages 131-151.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:eujine:v:1:y:2007:i:2:p:131-151

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