Document Type : Research Paper


University of Tehran, College of Engineering, Department of Engineering Science


The stability of a communication network composed of processing nodes and communication links is of prime importance to network designers. As the network begins losing links or nodes, eventually there is a loss in its effectiveness. Thus, communication networks must be constructed to be as stable as possible, not only with respect to the initial disruption, but also with respect to the possible reconstruction of the network. For any fixed integers n,p with p ≥ n + 1, Harary constructed classes of graphs Hn,p that are n-connected with the minimum number of edges. Thus Harary graphs are examples of graphs with maximum connectivity. This property makes them useful to network designers and thus it is of interest to study the behavior of other stability parameters for the Harary graphs. In this paper we study the toughness of the third case of the Harary graphs.