Local Area Network Communications Testing

by Jerome Popp, Univ of Wyoming, United States,
Malcolm Gillespie, Univ of Wyoming, United States,
Blayne Hayes, Univ of Wyoming, United States,
Kynric Pell, Univ of Wyoming, United States,

Abstract: This paper presents the philosophy developed for benchmark communications testing in networks typical of CAD/CAM environments. Implementation of the test philosophy in a connectionless environment (e.g. ethernet), within the framework of ANSI standards X3.102 and X3.141, is described. Application of the approach to testing at layers 3 and 4 in TCP/IP using sockets, and at the application level using file transfers is outlined. Preliminary test results at both of these levels are briefly described for a simple network as a proof of concept.

Subject Headings: Benchmark | Data processing | Connections (structural) | Frames | Standards and codes | Computer networks | Communication systems

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