Date of Award

12-2009

Degree Name

MS in Computer Science

Department

Computer Science

Advisor

Franz Kurfess, Ph.D

Abstract

The size and speed of computer networks continue to expand at a rapid pace, as do the corresponding errors, failures, and faults inherent within such extensive networks. This thesis introduces a novel approach to interface Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) computer networks with neural networks to learn the precursor connectivity patterns that emerge prior to a node failure. Details of the design and construction of a framework that utilizes neural networks to learn and monitor BGP connection states as a means of detecting and predicting BGP peer node failure are presented. Moreover, this framework is used to monitor a BGP network and a suite of tests are conducted to establish that this neural network approach as a viable strategy for predicting BGP peer node failure. For all performed experiments both of the proposed neural network architectures succeed in memorizing and utilizing the network connectivity patterns. Lastly, a discussion of this framework's generic design is presented to acknowledge how other types of networks and alternate machine learning techniques can be accommodated with relative ease.