Statistical mechanics-inspired modeling of heterogeneous packet transmission in communication networks

Soumik Sarkar, Kushal Mukherjee, Asok Ray, Abhishek Srivastav, Thomas A. Wettergren

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    This paper presents the qualitative nature of communication network operations as abstraction of typical thermodynamic parameters (e.g., order parameter, temperature, and pressure). Specifically, statistical mechanics-inspired models of critical phenomena (e.g., phase transitions and size scaling) for heterogeneous packet transmission are developed in terms of multiple intensive parameters, namely, the external packet load on the network system and the packet transmission probabilities of heterogeneous packet types. Network phase diagrams are constructed based on these traffic parameters, and decision and control strategies are formulated for heterogeneous packet transmission in the network system. In this context, decision functions and control objectives are derived in closed forms, and the pertinent results of test and validation on a simulated network system are presented.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number6166902
    Pages (from-to)1083-1094
    Number of pages12
    JournalIEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part B: Cybernetics
    Volume42
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Mar 12 2012

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    Statistical mechanics
    Telecommunication networks
    Phase diagrams
    Phase transitions
    Thermodynamics
    Temperature

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Control and Systems Engineering
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Computer Science Applications
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Information Systems
    • Software

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    Sarkar, Soumik ; Mukherjee, Kushal ; Ray, Asok ; Srivastav, Abhishek ; Wettergren, Thomas A. / Statistical mechanics-inspired modeling of heterogeneous packet transmission in communication networks. In: IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part B: Cybernetics. 2012 ; Vol. 42, No. 4. pp. 1083-1094.
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    In: IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part B: Cybernetics, Vol. 42, No. 4, 6166902, 12.03.2012, p. 1083-1094.

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