ERIC Number: ED257492
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-15
Reference Count: 0
Selecting Microcomputer Network Configurations: A Model for Technological Endurance.
Drummond, Marshall; And Others
A model approach is suggested for the selection of a microcomputer network that will identify specific needs and arrive at solutions with maximum flexibility to avoid technological obsolescence. Chapter 1 specifies functional needs for a network design. This chapter discusses the process of evaluating whether a network is appropriate; examines and specifies functional requirements; discusses physical, software, and procedural issues; and offers suggestions for projecting future needs. Chapter 2 addresses the methods of prioritizing and weighing functional needs, looking at why it is important to specify needs and allocate relative weights to those needs; and to identify trade-offs in such a way as to minimize potential network conflicts. Chapter 3 discusses basic alternative directions by explaining major Local Area Network (LAN) technical issues, i.e., network typologies; network access protocol; bandwidth; and transmission media; and summarizing the technological advantages of the issues presented, as well as current and future directions in network design; alternatives to universal design; and steps to a solution. Chapter 4 describes the final selection process, including a summary of the needs matrix and a discussion of case study selection. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (65th, San Diego, CA, April 14-17, 1985).