Multidimensional benchmarking of the active queue management methods of network congestion control based on extension of fuzzy decision by opinion score method

Osamah Shihab Albahri, Aws Alaa Zaidan, Mahmood M. Salih, Bilal Bahaa Zaidan, Maimuna A. Khatari, Mohamed A. Ahmed, Ahmed Shihab Albahri, Mamoun Alazab

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    This study evaluated the benchmarking process of active queue management (AQM) methods, which consider a multicriteria decision-making (MCDM) problem using multidimensional criteria. Academic studies have benchmarked the AQM methods using MCDM techniques. However, these studies have used existing MCDM techniques, which face considerable theoretical challenges. The latest MCDM method called fuzzy decision by opinion score (FDOSM) was published in the Journal of Applied Soft Computing in 2020 to address the theoretical challenges of the existing MCDM methods. However, FDOSM continues to encounter serious issues. That is, it exclusively depends on the direct aggregation MCDM approach based on arithmetic mean (AM) operator. However, performing other operators (i.e., geometric mean, harmonic mean, and root mean square), in addition to applying other MCDM approaches (i.e., distance measurement and compromise rank), may result in different ranking results. Hence, this study mainly proposes an extension of FDOSM through the following aspects: (1) application of different aggregation techniques in the direct aggregation MCDM approach, (2) discussion of the effectiveness of each type on the final AQM benchmarking, and (3) use of varying MCDM approaches on FDOSM to reach the optimum result when benchmarking the AQM methods. The current research methodology is based on two sequential phases. The first phase provides the decision matrix used in benchmarking the AQM methods. The decision matrix was constructed based on the AQM evaluation criteria and a list of AQM methods. The second phase presents two stages, namely, data transformation unit and data processing. Findings of the AQM benchmarking are as follows. (1) In the individual FDOSM, two main configurations are recommended when using the AQM benchmarking: direct aggregation MCDM approach with AM operator and compromise rank approach. Benchmarking results of both configurations based on six decision makers are nearly similar, with the AQM BLUE method being ranked the best. The exception is for the results of the compromise rank approach based on the third decision maker, which revealed that the AQM ERED method is the best. (2) Results of the group FDOSM showed a relatively similar order for the AQM methods in both configurations, with the AQM BLUE method being the best. (3) Lastly, significant differences were found among the groups' scores, thereby indicating the validity of the FDOSM-based AQM benchmarking results.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)796-831
    Number of pages36
    JournalInternational Journal of Intelligent Systems
    Issue number2
    Early online dateNov 2020
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021


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