Architecture Paper D.
This assignment is intended as a practice exercise for
high-level network architecture design based on top-down requirements
analysis. Select one of the following
“new” network design scenarios and write a ~5-10 page (12 pt, single-spaced,
normal margins) architecture paper that explains how you would build a network
for that application. This project is meant to be done during the first ~6
weeks of the course and may require some advance reading of the textbook or
related research materials. Emphasis is
on using network architecture principles in a reasonable (rather than optimum)
way as a practicing engineer would.
Creativity is encouraged and minor technical errors are acceptable as
long as you demonstrate an understanding of the principles.
[Note: the paper must be
written clearly and concisely with correct language, organization and technical
diagrams. Papers that do not meet a
minimum standard of readability will not be graded!]
The paper should contain the following key items:
- Concept for the network (why is it needed, what
are the services, who does it serve, why a new design approach is needed,
usage scenarios, cost factors, etc.)
- High-level concept diagram of proposed network
(outlines topology, major technology components, service API, type of
end-user terminals, etc.)
- Requirements table (list of key requirements such
as services, QoS, mobility, security,
reliability, cost, etc.)
- Network architecture diagram which shows all
major components (terminals, network interfaces, Ethernets, satellites,
wireless links, wired links, routers, switches, etc.) and interfaces
between them. Specify packet
formats and protocol stacks used at each node of the network including
definition of inter-protocol gateways if any.
- A brief performance evaluation (using analysis or
simulation) to determine system throughput vs
offered traffic and major QoS measures if
any. A rough calculation of cost
(related tocapacity = maximum throughput and $
invested in equipment) is also instructive.
- Conclusions and further work
Select any ONE of the following topics:
- Sensor network in which ~100 sensors are embedded
into devices in a typical ~250 sq ft room, and are connected to databases
and servers in the Internet.
- Video-on-demand system for a hotel which has ~10
floors each ~1000 ft long and a total of ~1000 rooms/subscribers.
- Home personal-area-network which connects ~10-25
TV’s, PC’s, digital set-top boxes, stereos, storage servers, etc.
- Wireless campus network for a Rutgers U type
university (two campuses ~5 mi between them, each ~1 mi span, ~50,000
students) for universal student usage from laptop computers
- Body area network for connecting multiple devices
(vision glasses, audio, storage, computing, cell phone, PDA, etc.) carried
by a human being on the move
- Automobile network which connects devices
internal to a car as well as providing this information to external
entities like the dealer or manufacturer
- Tactical military network in which ~20-50
soldiers communicate with each other during a battle
- Family connectivity network in which each member
of ~2-10 size families keeps in touch with each other anytime/anywhere
regardless of the type of communication device (cell-phone, PDA,
Internet-based PC, WLAN/laptop, etc.) used.
- Remote learning network with ~5 University sites
and ~500 remote sites with interactive audio/video, etc.
- Rapid deployment emergency infrastructure for a
disaster site with multiple type of emergency
personnel (police, fire, national guard, etc.)