Accession Number : ADA311434

Title :   An FDDI-Based Solution for the Systems Management Department Computer Laboratory Network.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Chavez, Carlos M.

PDF Url : ADA311434

Report Date : MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 148

Abstract : FDDI is one of the latest evolutions in shared-media technology. Original intended as a high-speed backbone tor interconnecting networks, it has become a viable alternative tor organizations that seek better response time and bandwidth capacity from their local area networks (LANs). However, this fiber-based standard is an expensive departure from the more similar, and perhaps more mature, IEEE 802 token-ring and Ethernet standards. Thus, developing an FDDI-based network may present considerable economic and technical risk to an organization. This study examines the application of FDDI technology as an upgrade to the Systems Management Department's token-ring network. It reviews the protocols that comprise the standard, addresses design considerations for developing an FDDI network, evaluates the existing token-ring LAN, and proposes an FDDI solution. This study concludes that the risks of implementing an FDDI-based upgrade, can be mitigated using an evolutionary design strategy.

Descriptors :   *FIBER OPTICS, *LOCAL AREA NETWORKS, *OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS, RISK, STRATEGY, ECONOMICS, COMPUTER COMMUNICATIONS, CAPACITY(QUANTITY), INTERFACES, REACTION TIME, COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS, EVOLUTION(GENERAL), STANDARDS, REPLACEMENT, BANDWIDTH, SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT.

Subject Categories : Computer Systems
      Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE