DeepSIP: A System for Predicting Service Impact of Network Failure by Temporal Multimodal CNN

Yoichi MATSUO
Tatsuaki KIMURA
Ken NISHIMATSU

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E104-B    No.10    pp.1288-1298
Publication Date: 2021/10/01
Publicized: 2021/04/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.2020EBP3177
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Network Management/Operation
Keyword: 
service impact,  network operation,  multimodal,  CNN,  

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Summary: 
When a failure occurs in a network element, such as switch, router, and server, network operators need to recognize the service impact, such as time to recovery from the failure or severity of the failure, since service impact is essential information for handling failures. In this paper, we propose Deep learning based Service Impact Prediction system (DeepSIP), which predicts the service impact of network failure in a network element using a temporal multimodal convolutional neural network (CNN). More precisely, DeepSIP predicts the time to recovery from the failure and the loss of traffic volume due to the failure in a network on the basis of information from syslog messages and traffic volume. Since the time to recovery is useful information for a service level agreement (SLA) and the loss of traffic volume is directly related to the severity of the failure, we regard the time to recovery and the loss of traffic volume as the service impact. The service impact is challenging to predict, since it depends on types of network failures and traffic volume when the failure occurs. Moreover, network elements do not explicitly contain any information about the service impact. To extract the type of network failures and predict the service impact, we use syslog messages and past traffic volume. However, syslog messages and traffic volume are also challenging to analyze because these data are multimodal, are strongly correlated, and have temporal dependencies. To extract useful features for prediction, we develop a temporal multimodal CNN. We experimentally evaluated DeepSIP in terms of accuracy by comparing it with other NN-based methods by using synthetic and real datasets. For both datasets, the results show that DeepSIP outperformed the baselines.