Date Added: May 2009
In the context of Next Generation Networks (NGN), there is a critical need to address the challenges facing the network management functions, to administer the converged infrastructure and services. One of the challenges is to model the unknown and probabilistic dependency relationships among the diverse network elements and adapt this model to capture the real-time network behavior. This paper proposes BARD (BAyesian Reasoner and Decision-maker), a proactive system to enhance the network performance management functions by use of machine learning technique called Bayesian Belief Networks (BBN). It exploits the predictive and diagnostic reasoning features of BBN to make accurate decisions for effective management.