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Simulation and Optimization of Networks

Simulation and Optimization
of Networks

By now simulation is one of the most important and in many cases the only viable technique for analysis and optimization of large networks. Telecommunication networks, traffic and logistic networks and energy networks have much in common. The complexity of the networks with its many parallel existing nodes and the flows between nodes is difficult to comprehend and often cannot be controlled with other techniques than simulation. The actual behavior of such a network is often different from the assumed behavior. The construction, operation, modification and optimization of such networks usually represent an infrastructure task that is associated with considerable costs. To avoid undesirable developments, simulation is used as an important tool to determine the properties of a network, the behavior of the critical performance characteristics and parameters at an early stage.