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Accession Number ADA562772
Title Assessing Resilience in the Global Undersea Cable Infrastructure.
Publication Date Jun 2012
Media Count 103p
Personal Author J. K. Crain
Abstract This thesis analyzes the global undersea cable infrastructure as it pertains to international telecommunications. We represent countries, cable landing stations, and undersea cables using a network structure of nodes and edges that closely imitates the real-world system. For a given geographic region, we connect individual networks associated with stand-alone cable systems to create one large network model. We use a 'gravity model' to estimate the traffic demand between each pair of countries based on the number of Internet hosts in each country. We formulate and solve an Attacker-Defender (AD) model to identify the worst-case disruptions, where a 'worst-case' disruption corresponds to the greatest shortage in telecommunications traffic even after the system has rebalanced flows as best as possible. Using public sources of data, we collect information about more than 220 real cable systems, and we develop a customized decision support tool that facilitates the analysis of different combinations of countries and cable systems. We demonstrate our modeling technique with an analysis of the undersea cable infrastructure connecting Europe and India. Our analysis provides insight into which components in the system are most vulnerable along with how effectively the system performs in the face of disruptions.
Keywords Attacker defender
Decision support systems
Geographic areas
Submarine equipment
Underwater cables

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 46C - Optics & Lasers
45C - Common Carrier & Satellite
49F - Power & Signal Transmission Devices
47 - Ocean Sciences & Technology
Corporate Author Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1225
Contract Number N/A

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