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CSC8513 Network Performance Analysis

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Mathematics, Physics & Computing
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 24 May 2022

Requisites

Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or MCTN or MCYS or MCOP

Overview

One of the main areas of work in the expanding field of Information Technology is network planning and administration. One of the tasks a network administrator must undertake from time to time is the installation or major upgrade of a network. Networks in large and even moderate companies nowadays are likely to span more than one site and to include telephony as well as TCP traffic. Security is also a great concern for network administrators, especially when their traffic is exposed to the internet. This course will provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge, and the experience, to understand the performance of networks, how this is affected by choices of equipment, topology, and configuration and therefore how to design networks using the latest technology.

This course will cover the following subjects: queueing theory; performance of communication networks including measurement, modelling and analysis of network performance including reliability, packet loss, throughput and delay, and security; network architecture including layering of networks; network design including dimensioning (deciding how fast/many of the links switches, routers and servers there should be), routing design (where traffic should go), topological design (where to put new links) and security (authentication, VLAN's, firewalls). Students will tackle a series of example problems of network analysis and designs of increasing complexity and by the end of the course will have a clear understanding of how the traffic level and statistics, on the one hand, and the network topology and specifications on the other hand combine to deliver the performance experienced by network users.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 24 May 2022