The Current State and Potential of Quantum Computing
Abstract. In the wake of the recent purchase of a quantum computer by Google and NASA, this synthesis paper examines relevant articles surrounding the architecture and potential applications for quantum computing. The article also explains the principles of quantum computing necessary for such analysis.
Modeling DDoS Attacks with IP Spoofing and Hop-Count Defense Measure Using OPNET Modeler
Shahid Akhter, Jack Myers, Chris Bowen, Stephen Ferzetti, Patrick Belko, and Vasil Hnatyshin
Abstract. Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks continue to plague today's Internet. The variety and ingenuity of such attacks requires network security analysts to perpetually develop more robust forms of attack identification and prevention. UDP flood is one of the simplest to deploy DDoS attacks. It is based on the idea of overwhelming the receiver with a huge amount of traffic causing congestion and preventing legitimate services. Such attacks are often launched together with IP spoofing which makes it difficult to identify the malicious traffic and distinguish it from legitimate connections. The hop count defense mechanism identifies malicious traffic and helps to thwart the DDoS attacks by comparing the TTL field value carried in the IP header of the arriving packet with the actual number of hops to the source node. This paper focuses on the methodology for modeling a DDoS UDP flood with an IP spoofing attack and hop count defense using OPNET Modeler network simulation software.
An Investigative Study on Modeling a DDoS Attack and Defense Measure in OPNET
Shahid Akhter, Christopher Bowen, Jack Myers
Abstract. Precursor work for the above paper.
Jack Myers, October 2012
Presentation. What does it mean for a network application to "cross layers?" Different cross-layer paradigms explained.
Secure Socket Layer
Jack Myers, September 2012
Presentation. A primer on how SSL works.
Next Generation Modeling and Observation Tools for Hard Science Linguistics
Jack Myers, Robert Hussey, Kevin Desmond, Saroash Liaqat, Zabih Shinwari, Louis Szgalsky, Douglas Taggart
Abstract. Hard science linguistics (HSL) is unique among linguistic programs in that it studies communicative behavior of individuals in the real world, rather than theoretical, non-scientifically observable domains. Its founder, former physicist and early computer scientist Victor Yngve, applied his experience with the sciences, utilizing the principles of systems, boundaries, and control procedures to define this branch of linguistics. HSL has also developed its own expressive modeling language, replete with properties, tasks and linkages. Given the scientific discipline of this systems-based approach, there is remarkable overlap with the domain of computer science. However, the paucity of computer applications for the hard science linguist is both unexpected and unfortunate. Object-oriented programming provides a mechanism to translate linguistic elements into computerized models. In this article, we demonstrate how to leverage advances in object-oriented and prototype-based design to construct dynamic and reusable HSL toolkits.
Object-Oriented Implementation Approaches of Pure Object-Oriented Languages:
A Comparison among Smalltalk, Eiffel, Ruby and Io
Christopher Bowen, Kevin Desmond, Jesse Kurtz, Jack Myers
Abstract. Smalltalk, Eiffel, Ruby and Io are all prime examples of pure object-oriented languages. Their implementation of such object-oriented features such as inheritance, encapsulation, polymorphism and abstraction differ, however. To assess the variations in these languages, the authors developed a rudimentary class registration system in Smalltalk, Eiffel, Ruby and Io. The mechanics and syntax of these features will be illustrated through a series of examples. When a feature does not fully exist, but a work-around can be crafted, this will also be discussed.
Ada - The Project: The DoD High Order Language Working Group
A review of Colonel William A. Whitaker's Article
Jack Myers, September 2012
Presentation. A review of the history of the creation of the Ada programming language