A networking laboratory using an integrated mixture of physical equipment and simulators

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Chan, Ka C. and Haythorne, Sean. 2017. "A networking laboratory using an integrated mixture of physical equipment and simulators." Computer Applications in Engineering Education. 25 (5), pp. 681-692. https://doi.org/10.1002/cae.21829
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A networking laboratory using an integrated mixture of physical equipment and simulators

ERA Journal ID41159
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsChan, Ka C. (Author) and Haythorne, Sean (Author)
Journal TitleComputer Applications in Engineering Education
Journal Citation25 (5), pp. 681-692
Number of Pages12
Year2017
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN1061-3773
1099-0542
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/cae.21829
Web Address (URL)https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/cae.21829
Abstract

This article presents the design and development of a networking laboratory that integrates a combination of physical networking equipment with the open source GNS3 network simulators for on-campus, blended-learning, and potentially online delivery of networking classes. This transformative work has resulted in a significant increase in laboratory capacity, thus reducing the need for repeating classes. The integrated platform offers students both hands-on experience using real equipment, and the convenience of easy setup and reconfiguration using simulators. An example practical exercise in setting up an OSPF/BGP network is presented to illustrate the experimental design before and after the integration of GNS3 simulators. In summary, we describe the infrastructure, the integrated platform and systems, network design and experiment design; and the learning and teaching experiences of using GNS3 in classes.

Keywordscomputer networks, network simulation, networking laboratories, virtualization
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020469999. Other information and computing sciences not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsLa Trobe University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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