|InterJournal Complex Systems, 418
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Submission Date: 609
|Telecommunication Systems Complexity, Integrity and Future Directions|
Today the telecommunication system is considered to offer a basic service to the society and promotes the improvement of the quality of life for everyone. This system is faced with new challenges at the beginning of the new millennium with the expectation for data connectivity at a planetary scale with: minimal cost, the best possible performance and flexibility. In this paper we discuss some of the engineering aspects of such a global system. We are looking into the integrity and complexity issues using two case studies. The first considers a collapse (brown out) in a traditional telephone system. The second case study concerns the Internet system and more specifically the component responsible for offering connectivity, the routing service. The focus on these two case studies is the architecture of the system and what is its impact on features line robustness, scalability, guarantees offered on the service, utilization of resources and flexibility in introduction of new services. It is based on a poster for the ICCS 2000 in Nashua NH.
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