A communication link software model for Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center
MacKinnon, Douglas J.
Osmundson, John S.
Iatrou, Steven J.
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This thesis develops and provides an accurate simulation model of the communications pathway between Fleet Numerical Meteorology Oceanographic Center (FNMOC) Monterey, California and Naval Atlantic Meteorology Oceanographic Center (NLMOC) Norfolk, Virginia. In order to fulfill its mission to provide global weather forecasts to the warfighter, FNMOC must provide timely data to its customers. This model provides an analytic approach toward determining time delay with respect to bandwidth and its management. Additionally, this model enables the user to analytically determine the effects of hardware changes. Although other customers exist besides NLMOC Norfolk, it is a major consumer of data files in support of weather forecasting. The other major links are located in Rota, Spain; San Diego, California; Yokosuka, Japan; and Peal Harbor, Hawaii. This model is, however, scalable to simulate these other major links. The target audience for this information model is the technical support personnel at FNMOC Monterey, California, who manage the link to NLMOC Norfolk, Virginia. The information that supports this model was derived from field visits to technical personnel at FNMOC Monterey. No other communications software model has been developed at the present time. The discrete event software simulation tool used for this model is Extend.
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