An efficient method for evaluating the end-to-end transmission time reliability of a switched Ethernet

Ruiying Li, Meinan Li, Haitao Liao, Ning Huang

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It is common practice to evaluate the end-to-end transmission time reliability of a switched Ethernet by conducting time-consuming tests under normal traffic conditions. This paper presents an efficient test method for a switched Ethernet under fixed payload with Poisson arrival, using a transmission time reliability model developed based on an end-to-end transmission delay analysis. By conducting tests with higher-than-normal frame arrival rates, the unknown parameters, i.e., service rate and fixed delay, of the model can be estimated through the method of moments or the maximum likelihood alternative. Then, the transmission time reliability under the normal frame arrival rate is extrapolated. Our numerical and simulation studies show that the resulting reliability estimates are quite accurate compared to the empirical ones obtained from verification tests. Furthermore, to illustrate the application of our method, a test was conducted using our method on a testbed of the Avionics Full Duplex Switched Ethernet (AFDX).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-133
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Network and Computer Applications
Publication statusPublished - Jun 15 2017
Externally publishedYes



  • End-to-end delay
  • Queueing theory
  • Reliability evaluation
  • Statistical inference
  • Switched Ethernet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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