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Special Issue 1:
Network Reliability and Vulnerability Models and their Applications


Aim/Topics:WSEAS Transactions on Mathematics seeks original manuscripts for a Special Issue in “Network Reliability and Vulnerability Models and their Applications”. Network Reliability mathematical models were originally introduced in the 1970s to assess the physical layer of communications networks such as DARPA and communication satellites. Communication networks were modeled as graphs and under the assumption that network components (i.e., communication nodes and links) fail with known probabilities, and given a set of terminal nodes (also known as participating nodes), the reliability of the network gives the probability that this set of distinguished nodes can communicate within each other after deletion of the failed components. Moreover these reliability models were also contemplated in the design of highly reliable networks as well. As reliability models are essentially mathematical in nature, for several years, the theoretical study took an independent path from the applied one; most of the existing communication networks were highly reliable and the need to measure the reliability of the communication took the back stage. As a consequence of this divergence between theory and practice, a set of very sophisticated mathematical tools as well as algorithmic techniques are now available. A series of related new reliability models and manuscripts have recently appeared recognizing the importance of network reliability theory to evaluate performance objectives of existing communication networks (e.g., wireless networks, and WDM’s optical networks). In addition to the original intention to applying these models to evaluate performance objectives of specific communication networks (e.g., electrical and electronic networks), these models are also applicable to a broader range of networks, such as for example biological networks (e.g., Proteins Interaction Networks). As it is in the case of reliability, vulnerability parameters were also introduced from a graph-theoretic point of view to measure the overall performance of communication networks in order to establish how vulnerable a network is to components’ fatigue, components’ wear-out, or intentional actions of enemies. Examples of widely used vulnerability measures are for example connectivity, toughness and edge-toughness in graphs.

The scope of this issue includes, but is not restricted to:
• New network (biological or communication networks) reliability or vulnerability evaluation models.
• Monte-Carlo evaluation of network reliability.
• Application of reliability or vulnerability parameters to solve optimization as well as design problems in networks.
• Stochastic behavior in networks (e.g., wireless communication channels, protein interaction, blocking probability in optical networks).
• Computational complexity and approximation evaluation techniques to evaluate reliability or vulnerability of networks.
• Application of reliability or vulnerability to address optimal routing in networks.
• Graph-theoretic and/or combinatorial properties of reliability or vulnerability parameters.
• Simulation and Markovian reliability models.

Important dates:
Submission deadline: November 15, 2012
Completion of the first round of reviews: January 15, 2013
Minor revisions due: March 15, 2013
Final acceptance notification: May 15, 2013


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Network Reliability and Vulnerability Models and their Applications

Editor of the Special Issue:

Louis Petingi
Department of Computer Science
College of Staten Island (City University of New York)
2800 Victory Blvd, Building 1N
Staten Island, New York, 10314
E-mail: louis.petingi@csi.cuny.edu
Web-page: www.cs.csi.cuny.edu\~petingi

Charles Suffel
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Schaefer School of Engineering & Science
Stevens Institute of Technology
Castle Point on Hudson,
Hoboken NJ 07030
Web-page: http://archive.stevens.edu/ses/math/faculty/index.php

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