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AntNet: Distributed stigmergetic control for communications networks
 Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research
, 1998
"... This paper introduces AntNet, a novel approach to the adaptive learning of routing tables in communications networks. AntNet is a distributed, mobile agents based Monte Carlo system that was inspired by recent work on the ant colony metaphor for solving optimization problems. AntNet's agents concurr ..."
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This paper introduces AntNet, a novel approach to the adaptive learning of routing tables in communications networks. AntNet is a distributed, mobile agents based Monte Carlo system that was inspired by recent work on the ant colony metaphor for solving optimization problems. AntNet's agents concurrently explore the network and exchange collected information. The communication among the agents is indirect and asynchronous, mediated by the network itself. This form of communication is typical of social insects and is called stigmergy. We compare our algorithm with six stateoftheart routing algorithms coming from the telecommunications and machine learning elds. The algorithms' performance is evaluated over a set of realistic testbeds. We run many experiments over real and arti cial IP datagram networks with increasing number of nodes and under several paradigmatic spatial and temporal tra c distributions. Results are very encouraging. AntNet showed superior performance under all the experimental conditions with respect to its competitors. We analyze the main characteristics of the algorithm and try to explain the reasons for its superiority. 1.
QoS Routing Mechanisms and OSPF Extensions
 In Proceedings of the 2nd IEEE Global Internet MiniConference
, 1997
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AntNet: A Mobile Agents Approach to Adaptive Routing
, 1997
"... This paper introduces AntNet, a new routing algorithm for communications networks. AntNet is an adaptive, distributed, mobileagentsbased algorithm whichwas inspired by recentwork on the ant colony metaphor. We apply AntNet to a datagram network and compare it with both static and adaptive stateof ..."
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This paper introduces AntNet, a new routing algorithm for communications networks. AntNet is an adaptive, distributed, mobileagentsbased algorithm whichwas inspired by recentwork on the ant colony metaphor. We apply AntNet to a datagram network and compare it with both static and adaptive stateoftheart routing algorithms. We ran experiments for various paradigmatic temporal and spatial traffic distributions. AntNet showed both very good performance and robustness under all the experimental conditions with respect to its competitors.
A graphbased system for networkvulnerability analysis
 in Proceedings of the 1998 workshop on New security paradigms
, 1998
"... caphill @ sandia..qov This paper presents a graphbased approach to network vulnerability analysis. The method is flexible, allowing analysis of attacks from both outside and inside the network. It can analyze risks to a specific network asset, or examine the universe of possible consequences follow ..."
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caphill @ sandia..qov This paper presents a graphbased approach to network vulnerability analysis. The method is flexible, allowing analysis of attacks from both outside and inside the network. It can analyze risks to a specific network asset, or examine the universe of possible consequences following a successful attack. The graphbased tool can identify the set of attack paths that have a high probability of success (or a low "effort " cost) for the attacker. The system could be used to test the effectiveness of making configuration changes, implementing an intrusion detection system, etc. The analysis system requires as input a database of common attacks, broken into atomic steps, specific network configuration and topology information, and an attacker profile. The attack information is "matched " with the network configuration information and an attacker profile to create a superset attack graph. Nodes identify a stage of attack, for example the class of machines the attacker has accessed and the user privilege level he or she has compromised. The arcs in the attack graph represent attacks or stages of attacks. By assigning probabilities of success on the arcs or costs representing levelofeffort for the attacker, various graph algorithms such as shortestpath algorithms can identify the attack paths with the highest probability of success.
Computing the shortest path: A* search meets graph theory
, 2005
"... We study the problem of finding a shortest path between two vertices in a directed graph. This is an important problem with many applications, including that of computing driving directions. We allow preprocessing the graph using a linear amount of extra space to store auxiliary information, and usi ..."
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We study the problem of finding a shortest path between two vertices in a directed graph. This is an important problem with many applications, including that of computing driving directions. We allow preprocessing the graph using a linear amount of extra space to store auxiliary information, and using this information to answer shortest path queries quickly. Our approach uses A ∗ search in combination with a new graphtheoretic lowerbounding technique based on landmarks and the triangle inequality. We also develop new bidirectional variants of A ∗ search and investigate several variants of the new algorithms to find those that are most efficient in practice. Our algorithms compute optimal shortest paths and work on any directed graph. We give experimental results showing that the most efficient of our new algorithms outperforms previous algorithms, in particular A ∗ search with Euclidean bounds, by a wide margin on road networks. We also experiment with several synthetic graph families.
A Theoretician's Guide to the Experimental Analysis of Algorithms
, 1996
"... This paper presents an informal discussion of issues that arise when one attempts to analyze algorithms experimentally. It is based on lessons learned by the author over the course of more than a decade of experimentation, survey paper writing, refereeing, and lively discussions with other experimen ..."
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This paper presents an informal discussion of issues that arise when one attempts to analyze algorithms experimentally. It is based on lessons learned by the author over the course of more than a decade of experimentation, survey paper writing, refereeing, and lively discussions with other experimentalists. Although written from the perspective of a theoretical computer scientist, it is intended to be of use to researchers from all fields who want to study algorithms experimentally. It has two goals: first, to provide a useful guide to new experimentalists about how such work can best be performed and written up, and second, to challenge current researchers to think about whether their own work might be improved from a scientific point of view. With the latter purpose in mind, the author hopes that at least a few of his recommendations will be considered controversial.
Algebra and Algorithms for QoS Path Computation and HopbyHop Routing in the Internet
 IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking
, 2001
"... Prompted by the advent of QoS routing in the Internet, we investigate the properties that path weight functions must have so that hopbyhop routing is possible and optimal paths can be computed with a generalized Dijsktra's algorithm. For this purpose we define an algebra of weights which contains ..."
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Prompted by the advent of QoS routing in the Internet, we investigate the properties that path weight functions must have so that hopbyhop routing is possible and optimal paths can be computed with a generalized Dijsktra's algorithm. For this purpose we define an algebra of weights which contains a binary operation, for the composition of link weights into path weights, and an order relation. Isotonicity is the key property of the algebra. It states that the order relation between the weights of any two paths is preserved if both of them are either prefixed or appended by a common, third, path. We show that isotonicity is both necessary and sufficient for a generalized Dijkstra's algorithm to yield optimal paths. Likewise, isotonicity is also both necessary and sufficient for hopbyhop routing. However, without strict isotonicity, hopbyhop routing based on optimal paths may produce routing loops. They are prevented if every node computes what we call lexicographicoptimal paths. These paths can be computed with an enhanced Dijkstra's algorithm that has the same complexity as the standard one. Our findings are extended to multipath routing as well. As special cases of the general approach, we conclude that shortestwidest paths can neither be computed with a generalized Dijkstra's algorithm nor can packets be routed hopbyhop over those paths. In addition, loopfree hopbyhop routing over widest and widestshortest paths requires that each node computes lexicographicoptimal paths, in general.
Shortest path algorithms: An evaluation using real road networks
 Transportation Science
, 1998
"... The classic problem of finding the shortest path over a network has been the target of many research efforts over the years. These research efforts have resulted in a number of different algorithms and a considerable amount of empirical findings with respect to performance. Unfortunately, prior rese ..."
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The classic problem of finding the shortest path over a network has been the target of many research efforts over the years. These research efforts have resulted in a number of different algorithms and a considerable amount of empirical findings with respect to performance. Unfortunately, prior research does not provide a clear direction for choosing an algorithm when one faces the problem of computing shortest paths on real road networks. Most of the computational testing on shortest path algorithms has been based on randomly generated networks, which may not have the characteristics of real road networks. In this paper, we provide an objective evaluation of 15 shortest path algorithms using a variety of real road networks. Based on the evaluation, a set of recommended algorithms for computing shortest paths on real road networks is identified. This evaluation should be particularly useful to researchers and practitioners in operations research, management science, transportation, and Geographic Information Systems. The computation of shortest paths is an important task in many network and transportation related analyses. The development, computational testing, and efficient implementation of shortest path algorithms have remained important research topics within related disciplines such as operations
Reach for A∗: Efficient pointtopoint shortest path algorithms
 IN WORKSHOP ON ALGORITHM ENGINEERING & EXPERIMENTS
, 2006
"... We study the pointtopoint shortest path problem in a setting where preprocessing is allowed. We improve the reachbased approach of Gutman [16] in several ways. In particular, we introduce a bidirectional version of the algorithm that uses implicit lower bounds and we add shortcut arcs which reduc ..."
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We study the pointtopoint shortest path problem in a setting where preprocessing is allowed. We improve the reachbased approach of Gutman [16] in several ways. In particular, we introduce a bidirectional version of the algorithm that uses implicit lower bounds and we add shortcut arcs which reduce vertex reaches. Our modifications greatly reduce both preprocessing and query times. The resulting algorithm is as fast as the best previous method, due to Sanders and Schultes [27]. However, our algorithm is simpler and combines in a natural way with A∗ search, which yields significantly better query times.
Scaling algorithms for the shortest paths problem
 In SODA ’93: Proceedings of the fourth annual ACMSIAM Symposium on Discrete algorithms
, 1993
"... Abstract. We describe a new method for designing scaling algorithms for the singlesource shortest paths problem and use this method to obtain an O (Vcfftn log N) algorithm for the problem. (Here n and m are the number of nodes and arcs in the input network and N is essentially the absolute value of ..."
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Abstract. We describe a new method for designing scaling algorithms for the singlesource shortest paths problem and use this method to obtain an O (Vcfftn log N) algorithm for the problem. (Here n and m are the number of nodes and arcs in the input network and N is essentially the absolute value of the most negative arc length; arc lengths are assumed to be integral.) This improves previous bounds for the problem. The method extends to related problems. Key words, shortest paths problem, graph theory, networks, scaling AMS subject classifications. 68Q20, 68Q25, 68R10, 05C70 1. Introduction. In