Optimizing protocol interaction using response surface methodology

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Response surface methodology (RSM) is a collection of statistical design and numerical optimization techniques traditionally used to optimize industrial processes. In this paper, we demonstrate that the methodology can be successfully applied to the domain of networking. Specifically, we obtain increased throughput with a significant decrease in delay in a ns-2 simulation model of a mobile ad hoc network (MANET) by using RSM to optimize protocol interaction found by factor screening. Whether the experimentation is with a stochastic simulation model or a physical system, such as a MANET or a wireless sensor network test-bed, RSM provides a general and practical methodology to screen factors and robustly and jointly optimize responses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)627-638
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2006


  • Algorithm/protocol analysis
  • Experimental design
  • Statistical methods
  • Wireless networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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