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Generic factors influencing optimal LAN size for commonly used operating systems maximized for network performance


Shaneel Narayan, Deryn Graham, Robert H. Barbour


Vol. 9  No. 6  pp. 63-72


Information technology infrastructure is a critical element in modern day communication. Businesses, organizations, individuals, governments and other social services all rely on global IT infrastructure for reliable and timely communication. At the heart of this infrastructure are numerous hardware and software components, and the performance of each individual element contributes to the overall success of the installation. One such software component that is vital for communication is an operating system (software that makes a computer and network work). With enhancements in technology, these operating systems are becoming more and more sophisticated in their functionality, and at least three mainstream vendor products are available in the market. It is common for software vendors to claim that their product out-perform competitors offerings, in functionality and performance. This paper reviews the literature for a current project that identifies generic factors that influence performance of a LAN. The focus is on both the performance and the metrics of commonly used operating systems implemented to create IT infrastructure. It identifies performance analysis, Internet protocols and wireless as major themes in literature. A number of gaps in the literature, related to network performance analysis, are identified in Section 4 of the paper.


Network Performance, Operating Systems, Local Area Networks (LANs), Performance Metrics