Patent Number: 7,103,003

Title: Network planning tool

Abstract: A communications packet network is planned by the use of a planning tool. The tool comprises an input for inputting requirements of the network; and an input for determining factors which effect the passage of packet based data through the network. A modelling module determines the performance of the network based on the requirements and factors. The performance of model is compared with that of an objective comparison model. A feedback mechanism iteratively adjusts the input factors to improve the performance and maintain the network requirements. When the desired performance level is achieved, a plan of the network is output from the planning tool.

Inventors: Brueckheimer; Simon (London, GB), Blouin; Francois (Hull, CA), Britt; Roger (Kanata, CA), Armstrong; Mark (Stittsville, CA)

Assignee: Nortel Networks Limited

International Classification: G01R 31/08 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/05/02018