Accession Number : ADA310530

Title :   Automated Evaluation of Tactical Network Protocols.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept. Jun 95-Jun 96,

Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Personal Author(s) : Lopez, Maria C. ; Brodeen, Ann E. ; Hartwig, George W., Jr. ; Markoski, Michael J.

PDF Url : ADA310530

Report Date : JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : Decentralized battlefield command and control requires reliable and timely distribution of information. At present distribution of digital information is limited by the low-bandwidth noisy channels inherent to combat net radios and heavy traffic demands, forcing commanders to make decisions from less than timely information. In the ideal communications network, each node would be smart enough to monitor network performance and, when necessary adapt itself to make better use of the available bandwidth. The adaptive network node would employ a decision algorithm to modify configuration, routing, and protocol parameters based on measured network performance statistics and system requirements. Our research addresses the effects of noise and interference on communications channels and construction of network protocols that will be effective on the modem battlefield. The approach emphasizes use ol actual hardware and controlled experimentation to explore alternative protocols. This report describes a suite of software to automatically execute a test design, and collect and apply preliminary data reduction procedures to baseline performance data for a prototype communications network.

Descriptors :   *INFORMATION TRANSFER, *COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS, *NETWORK ANALYSIS(MANAGEMENT), *TIMELINESS, *TACTICAL COMMUNICATIONS, *RADIO INTERFERENCE, TEST AND EVALUATION, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, ALGORITHMS, DIGITAL SYSTEMS, WARFARE, AUTOMATION, DECISION MAKING, COMMUNICATIONS TRAFFIC, BATTLEFIELDS, EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN, STATISTICS, PROTOTYPES, NODES, RELIABILITY, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, DATA REDUCTION, ADAPTIVE SYSTEMS, COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS, RADIO EQUIPMENT, MODEMS, MILITARY COMMANDERS, CHANNELS, NOISE(RADIO).

Subject Categories : Computer Systems
      Radio Communications
      Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE