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Network Simulation Experiments Manual - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780123852106, 9780123852113

Network Simulation Experiments Manual

3rd Edition

Author: Emad Aboelela
eBook ISBN: 9780123852113
Paperback ISBN: 9780123852106
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
Published Date: 3rd March 2011
Page Count: 208
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Table of Contents


Introduction: Basics of OPNET IT Guru Academic Edition

Lab 1. CSMA

Lab 2. Wireless Local Area Network

Lab 3. Switched LANs

Lab 4. VLANs: Virtual Local Area Networks

Lab 5. Network Design

Lab 6. RIP: Routing Information Protocol

Lab 7. OSPF: Open Shortest Path First

Lab 8. BGP: Border Gateway Protocol

Lab 9. Mobile Wireless Network

Lab 10. TCP: Transmission Control Protocol

Lab 11. Queuing Disciplines

Lab 12. RSVP: Resource Reservation Protocol

Lab 13. Firewalls and VPN

Lab 14. Applications

Lab 15. Web Caching and Data Compression

Appendix A. Token Ring: A Shared-Media Network with Media Access Control

Appendix B. ATM: Asynchronous Transfer Mode: A Connection-Oriented, Cell-Switching Technology


Network Simulation Experiments Manual, Third Edition, is a practical tool containing detailed, simulation-based experiments to help students and professionals learn about key concepts in computer networking. It allows the networking professional to visualize how computer networks work with the aid of a software tool called OPNET to simulate network function. OPNET provides a virtual environment for modeling, analyzing, and predicting the performance of IT infrastructures, including applications, servers, and networking technologies. It can be downloaded free of charge and is easy to install.

The book’s simulation approach provides a virtual environment for a wide range of desirable features, such as modeling a network based on specified criteria and analyzing its performance under different scenarios. The experiments include the basics of using OPNET IT Guru Academic Edition; operation of the Ethernet network; partitioning of a physical network into separate logical networks using virtual local area networks (VLANs); and the basics of network design. Also covered are congestion control algorithms implemented by the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP); the effects of various queuing disciplines on packet delivery and delay for different services; and the role of firewalls and virtual private networks (VPNs) in providing security to shared public networks. Each experiment in this updated edition is accompanied by review questions, a lab report, and exercises.

Networking designers and professionals as well as graduate students will find this manual extremely helpful.

Key Features

  • Updated and expanded by an instructor who has used OPNET simulation tools in his classroom for numerous demonstrations and real-world scenarios
  • Software download based on an award-winning product made by OPNET Technologies, Inc., whose software is used by thousands of commercial and government organizations worldwide, and by over 500 universities.
  • Useful experimentation for professionals in the workplace who are interested in learning and demonstrating the capability of evaluating different commercial networking products, i.e., Cisco routers
  • Covers the core networking topologies and includes assignments on Switched LANs, Network Design, CSMA, RIP, TCP, Queuing Disciplines, Web Caching, etc.


Networking designers and professionals; graduate students


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About the Author

Emad Aboelela

Emad Aboelela

Dr. Emad Aboelela received his Ph.D in Computer Engineering from the University of Miami (Florida); M.Sc. and B.Sc in Computer Science and Automatic Control from the College of Engineering at Alexandria University (Egypt). Currently he is an Associate Professor at Taibah University, Saudi Arabia. He was a faculty member at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for six years and at Southern Connecticut State University for two years. Dr. Aboelela is a senior member of both IEEE and ACM. He received the Distinguished Professor of the Year Award in 2009 and the Award of Academic Merit in 1998.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Taibah, Saudi Arabia