Accession Number : ADA133545

Title :   A Survey of Network Reliability.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,


Personal Author(s) : Agrawal,Avinash ; Barlow,Richard E

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Report Date : Jul 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : We present a brief survey of the current state of the art in network reliability. We survey only exact methods; Monte Carlo methods are not surveyed. Most network reliability problems are, in the worst case, NP-hard and are, in a sense, more difficult than many standard combinatorial optimization problems. Although the above sounds very discouraging, there are in fact linear and polynomial time algorithms for network reliability problems of special structure. We review general methods for network reliability computation and discuss the central role played by domination theory in network reliability computational complexity. We also point out the connection with the more general problem of computing the reliability of coherent structure. The class of coherent structures contains both directed and undirected networks as well as logic (or fault) tress without not gates.

Descriptors :   *Computer communications , *Networks , Reliability , Algorithms , Graphs , Efficiency , Optimization , Theorems

Subject Categories : Theoretical Mathematics
      Operations Research
      Computer Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE