Local area networks (Computer networks); Computer simulation
ABSTRACT During recent years, the trends in computer resource organization have seen the replacement of the traditional mainframe computers and their timesharing terminals with individual desktop workstations. These workstations can offer more computational power than the mainframes of less than a decade ago. With this distribution of processing from the more traditional mainframe computer comes the need to share peripheral resources among these desktop workstations. These include items such as file systems, tape drives, printers, plotters, and graphics display devices. A common way to share these among the multi-computer environment is to provide a transparent gateway that allows each workstation to function as if it had a dedicated set of peripherals. As educational institutions and industry continue the trend of connecting their computer systems in networks, a serious hole has developed - the ability to estimate the throughput of their network. This paper describes the development, use, and verification of the Local Area Network Simulation Package (LANSIM). LANSIM provides a means to determine the performance characteristics of any network adhering to the ANSI/IEEE Std 802.3-1985 for local area networks. This will allow anyone to simulate a proposed network and gain insight into such crucial topics as percent utilization, aggregate data rates on the network, and response times - all prior to the purchase and installation of the network.
Linton, Darrell G.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Engineering
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Orlando (Main) Campus
Buchner, Gregory Charles, "Lansim: A Simulation Package for Estimating Performance Characteristics of a Class of Local Area Networks" (1988). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 5143.