A framework for a bandwidth based network performance model for CS students
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
Computing, Health and Science
School of Computer and Information Science
There are currently various methods by which network and internetwork performance can be addressed. Examples include simulation modeling and analytical modeling which often results in models that are highly complex and often mathematically based (e.g. queuing theory). The authors have developed a new model which is based upon simple formulae derived from an investigation of computer networks. This model provides a conceptual framework for performance analysis based upon bandwidth considerations from a constructivist perspective. The bandwidth centric model uses high level abstraction decoupled from the implementation details of the underlying technology. This paper represents an initial attempt to develop this theory further in the field of networking education and presents a description of some of our work to date. This paper also includes details of experiments undertaken to measure bandwidth and formulae derived and applied to the investigation of converging data streams.