Doctoral Dissertations


"This dissertation proposes a new methodology for modeling and predicting network traffic. It features an adaptive architecture based on artificial neural networks and is especially suited for large-scale, global, network-centric systems. Accurate characterization and prediction of network traffic is essential for network resource sizing and real-time network traffic management. As networks continue to increase in size and complexity, the task has become increasingly difficult and current methodology is not sufficiently adaptable or scaleable. Current methods model network traffic with express mathematical equations which are not easily maintained or adjusted. The accuracy of these models is based on detailed characterization of the traffic stream which is measured at points along the network where the data is often subject to constant variation and rapid evolution. The main contribution of this dissertation is development of a methodology that allows utilization of artificial neural networks with increased capability for adaptation and scalability. Application on an operating global, broadband network, the Connexion by Boeingʼ network, was evaluated to establish feasibility. A simulation model was constructed and testing was conducted with operational scenarios to demonstrate applicability on the case study network and to evaluate improvements in accuracy over existing methods"--Abstract, page iii.


Dagli, Cihan H., 1949-

Committee Member(s)

Schachter, Paul J.
Enke, David Lee, 1965-
Ramakrishnan, Sreeram
Grasman, Scott E. (Scott Erwin)
Miller, Ann K.


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Systems Engineering


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Fall 2007


xxiv, 281 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 268-280).


© 2007 Douglas Keith Swift, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Artificial intelligence
Netcentric computing
Network performance (Telecommunication)
Neural networks (Computer science)
Telecommunication -- Traffic -- Evaluation

Thesis Number

T 9693

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