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In the current Internet scenario increasing interest is being shown in quality of service (QoS) issues, so simulation and parameter tuning are becoming very hot topics. In this paper we present a user-friendly, easily expandable and time-saving tool, which is able to perform network simulation through fluid-flow models and parameter tuning with parallel genetic algorithms. All the network elements involved (TCP sources, links, routers and so on) are modeled with the fluid-flow approach as independent systems: their outputs only depend on their inputs and internal state variables. Network elements can be connected to each other by a powerful graphical interface. Subsequently the user can select network parameters to be optimized in order to achieve prearranged QoS guarantees. During this phase the tool adopts a parallel implementation of a genetic algorithm (GA) which reduces the execution time required for optimization. A case study is also presented.
Global Telecommunications Conference, 2005. GLOBECOM '05. IEEE (Volume:2 )
Date of Conference: 28 Nov.-2 Dec. 2005