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How to Model a TCP/IP Network Using Only 20 Parameters



Kevin L. Mills, Edward J. Schwartz, Jian Yuan


Most simulation models for data communication networks encompass hundreds of parameters that can each take on millions of values. Such models are difficult to understand, parameterize and investigate. This paper explains how to model a modern data communication network concisely, using only 20 parameters. Further, the paper demonstrates how this concise model supports efficient design of simulation experiments. The model has been implemented, using SLX, as a sequential simulation, called MesoNet. The paper discusses model resource requirements and the performance of SLX. The model and principles delineated in this paper have been used to investigate parameter spaces for large (hundreds of thousands of simultaneously active flows), fast (hundreds of Gigabits/second) simulated networks under a variety of congestion control algorithms.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the 2010 Winter Simulation Conference
Conference Dates
December 5-8, 2010
Conference Location
Baltimore, MD
Conference Title
2010 Winter Simulation Conference


experiment design, network simulation, simulation models


Mills, K. , Schwartz, E. and Yuan, J. (2010), How to Model a TCP/IP Network Using Only 20 Parameters, Proceedings of the 2010 Winter Simulation Conference, Baltimore, MD, [online], (Accessed June 18, 2024)


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Created December 5, 2010, Updated November 10, 2018