This paper presents three case studies in network design and management from the different, but often overlapping and blurred, perspectives of the theorist and practitioner. It addresses the gulf between the comfortable models of graph theory, statistics and suchlike and the harsh realities of real-world networks. As, through these case studies, it becomes evident that network techniques, algorithms, etc. at large in the Internet bear little resemblance to their counterparts in the textbooks, the question is posed (and partially answered) as to whether the original theory is really any use!
Computer and Systems Architecture | Digital Communications and Networking | Hardware Systems | Systems and Communications
This paper was presented at the Seventh International Network Conference (INC 2008), 8-10 July 2008, which was held in Plymouth, UK. It was published by the University of Plymouth and details of the conference are available at http://www.cscan.org
Digital Commons Citation
Grout, Vic; Cunningham, Stuart; and Hebblewhite, Richard, "An Illustrative Discussion of Different Perspectives in Network Engineering" (2008). Computing. Paper 42.