Evaluating Temporal Robustness of Mobile Networks

Salvatore Scellato, Ilias Leontiadis, Cecilia Mascolo, Prithwish Basu, Murtaza Zafer
2013 IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing  
The application of complex network models to communication systems has led to several important results: nonetheless, previous research has often neglected to take into account their temporal properties, which in many real scenarios play a pivotal role. At the same time, network robustness has come extensively under scrutiny. Understanding whether networked systems can undergo structural damage and yet perform efficiently is crucial to both their protection against failures and to the design of
more » ... new applications. In spite of this, it is still unclear what type of resilience we may expect in a network which continuously changes over time. In this work we present the first attempt to define the concept of temporal network robustness: we describe a measure of network robustness for time-varying networks and we show how it performs on different classes of random models by means of analytical and numerical evaluation. Finally, we report a case study on a real-world scenario, an opportunistic vehicular system of about 500 taxicabs, highlighting the importance of time in the evaluation of robustness. Particularly, we show how static approximation can wrongly indicate high robustness of fragile networks when adopted in mobile time-varying networks, while a temporal approach captures more accurately the system performance. Index Terms-Mobile networks, temporal networks, network robustness. ! Salvatore Scellato is a
doi:10.1109/tmc.2011.248 fatcat:tbyso7mvtbdi3g4sw64jqnde4y