Topology design and performance analysis of an integrated communication network
Abstract
A research study on the topology design and performance analysis for the Space Station Information System (SSIS) network is conducted. It is begun with a survey of existing research efforts in network topology design. Then a new approach for topology design is presented. It uses an efficient algorithm to generate candidate network designs (consisting of subsets of the set of all network components) in increasing order of their total costs, and checks each design to see if it forms an acceptable network. This technique gives the true costoptimal network, and is particularly useful when the network has many constraints and not too many components. The algorithm for generating subsets is described in detail, and various aspects of the overall design procedure are discussed. Two more efficient versions of this algorithm (applicable in specific situations) are also given. Next, two important aspects of network performance analysis: network reliability and message delays are discussed. A new model is introduced to study the reliability of a network with dependent failures. For message delays, a collection of formulas from existing research results is given to compute or estimate the delays of messages in a communication network without making the independence assumption. The design algorithm coded in PASCAL is included as an appendix.
 Publication:

NASA STI/Recon Technical Report N
 Pub Date:
 September 1985
 Bibcode:
 1985STIN...8616455L
 Keywords:

 Algorithms;
 Communication Networks;
 Design Analysis;
 Operations Research;
 Performance Tests;
 Spacecraft Communication;
 Spacecraft Tracking;
 Topology;
 Error Analysis;
 Pascal (Programming Language);
 Reliability;
 Communications and Radar