Weeks 3 and 4 Discussion Forum (100 Points)
Refer to the Guidelines for Discussion Boards in Course Documents.
For your main posting, choose one of the following topics to discuss.
Distinguish between standards and protocols. What is a network standard?
What is interoperability? What are the benefits of standards? •
Why do standards architectures have multiple layers? To what does a standards layer provide services?
If you change a standard at one layer, do standards at other layers need to be changed also?
Why may it be advantageous to change a standard if the standard at the layer below it is upgraded? •
What is encoding? At what layer is the encoding of application messages done? •
What are QoS metrics? Why are QoS metrics important? •
Distinguish between rated speed and throughput. Distinguish between individual and aggregate throughput. • What is availability?
When should you measure error rates? Why? What is latency?
What is jitter? Why may adding applications that cannot tolerate latency and jitter be expensive? •
What is the difference between sourcing and outsourcing in the procurement process? Give an example of the procurement process in your organization (or an organization you are familiar with). •
What are service level agreements (SLAB)? Provide an example of a SLA used in your organization (or an organization you are familiar with).
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