Accession Number : ADA138905

Title :   Empirical Analysis of a Token Ring Network,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE LAB FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE

Personal Author(s) : Feldmeier,D C

PDF Url : ADA138905

Report Date : Jan 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 65

Abstract : The purpose of this project was to do an empirical study of the performance, reliability and traffic patterns of the Laboratory for Computer Science version two local area network. Performance data allows the comparison of the version two ring specifically and token ring networks in general with other local area network strategies, such as the Ethernet, to discover which type of local area network is decidedly better and why. Traffic patterns indicate how computer networks are used. Perfomance analysis can be performed both theoretically and experimentally. Mathematical analysis of a local area network is complex and only roughly approximates the behavior of a network. Mathematical analysis is useful for determining which systems might be usable, but does not give enough information to choose among the different systems. Network data refines mathematical models for network evaluation. Improved mathematical models make evaluation and simulation of networks before construction more practical. Empirical analysis determines the performance of an network. Not only can the network traffic be evaluated, but also network properties can be determined. Reported traffic on a local area network can improve mathematical models of traffic for theoretical evaluation and also suggest the traffic handling properties that a local area network and its hosts should have.

Descriptors :   *Network analysis(Management), *Monitoring, *Mathematical models, *Computer applications, Experimental data, Comparison, Measurement, Performance tests, Reliability, Traffic, Theses

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Numerical Mathematics
      Non-radio Communications

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE