Long-term adaptation and distributed detection of local network changes

Steinert, Rebecca and Gillblad, Daniel (2010) Long-term adaptation and distributed detection of local network changes. In: IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference GLOBECOM 2010, 6-10 December 2010, Miami, FL, USA.

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We present a statistical approach to distributed detection of local latency shifts in networked systems. For this purpose, response delay measurements are performed between neighbouring nodes via probing. The expected probe response delay on each connection is statistically modelled via parameter estimation. Adaptation to drifting delays is accounted for by the use of overlapping models, such that previous models are partially used as input to future models. Based on the symmetric Kullback-Leibler divergence metric, latency shifts can be detected by comparing the estimated parameters of the current and previous models. In order to reduce the number of detection alarms, thresholds for divergence and convergence are used. The method that we propose can be applied to many types of statistical distributions, and requires only constant memory compared to e.g., sliding window techniques and decay functions. Therefore, the method is applicable in various kinds of network equipment with limited capacity, such as sensor networks, mobile ad hoc networks etc. We have investigated the behaviour of the method for different model parameters. Further, we have tested the detection performance in network simulations, for both gradual and abrupt shifts in the probe response delay. The results indicate that over 90% of the shifts can be detected. Undetected shifts are mainly the effects of long convergence processes triggered by previous shifts. The overall performance depends on the characteristics of the shifts and the configuration of the model parameters.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:change detection, adaptive monitoring, distributed probing, statistical modelling
ID Code:4079
Deposited By:Rebecca Steinert
Deposited On:04 Feb 2011 14:45
Last Modified:16 May 2012 12:41

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