Aims/Description: This module considers the performance of computer networks from a statistical aspect, using queuing theory. It is shown that the performance of a computer network depends heavily on the traffic flow in the network, and different models of traffic and queues are used. These include single-server queues, multiple server queues, and the concept of blocking is discussed. Although the analysis is entirely statistical, all the relevant background is provided in the lectures, such that the course is entirely self-contained. Problem sheets are provided in order to assist the students with the course material. Students should be aware that there are limited places available on this course.
Restrictions on availability: The course requires basic probability theory and knowledge of arithmetic and geometric progressions. This knowledge is basic and it is covered in all undergraduate engineering and physics degrees.
Notes: This unit forms part of an accredited degree programme
Information on the department responsible for this unit (Computer Science):
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