Zone recovery methodology for probe-subset selection in end-to-end network monitoring

Ozmutla H. C. , Gautam N., Barton R.

8th IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS 2002), Florence, Italy, 15 - 19 April 2002, pp.451-464 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
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  • Doi Number: 10.1109/noms.2002.1015601
  • City: Florence
  • Country: Italy
  • Page Numbers: pp.451-464


To predict the delay between a source and a destination as well as to identify anomalies in a network, it is possible to continuously monitor the network by sending probes between all sources and destinations. However, it is of prime importance to keep the number of probes to a minimum and yet be able to reasonably predict the delays and identify anomalies. In this paper we state and solve a mathematical programming problem, namely the Zone Recovery Methodology (ZRM), to optimally select a subset of ping-like probes to monitor networks where the topology and routing information are not known. A polynomial-time heuristic is developed. The application of ZRM on randomly generated topologies yielded 73.55% reduction in the number of monitored paths on average. In other words, networks can be successfully monitored using only 26.45% of the available probes. Moreover, the performance of ZRM increases (percentage of the monitored paths decreases) as the size of the topology increases.