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Design, analysis and signaling for advanced distributed network services

Ping Ji, University of Massachusetts Amherst


As networked applications have advanced and become increasingly powerful, the traditional end-to-end architecture, where transport and application services are implemented only at end systems, is becoming insufficient or inefficient for supporting many applications. This has created a demand for a more “intelligent” network—an active network in which the network provides (in addition to packet forwarding) application-specific services based at locations in the “middle” of the network. In this thesis, we study involved issues in the development of server-based active network services from three perspectives. First, we investigate the tradeoffs between the cost of active services (in terms of computation and system resources) and application performance. Second, we examine the signaling protocols upon which active services can be established and maintained. Finally, we study network packet loss models, particularly in wireless network channels, to provide the basis for the design and evaluation of active network protocols.

Subject Area

Computer science

Recommended Citation

Ji, Ping, "Design, analysis and signaling for advanced distributed network services" (2003). Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. AAI3110505.