Seventh International Network Conference (INC 2008)
Title: An Illustrative Discussion of Different Perspectives in Network Engineering
Author(s): Vic Grout, Stuart Cunningham, Rich Hebblewhite
Keywords: Mathematics, Network engineering, Theory and practice, Traffic shaping, Internet routing, Network design.
Abstract: 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!
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