Network Fundamentals Quiz

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What is the main issue with connecting each access ISP to each other directly?

It doesn't scale well due to O(N2) connections

What is the proposed alternative to connecting each access ISP to each other directly?

Connecting each access ISP to one global transit ISP

What is the Internet structure described as?

A network of networks

What is the result of connecting each access ISP to each other directly in terms of the number of connections?

O(N2) connections

What is the main advantage of connecting each access ISP to one global transit ISP?

Improved scalability

What is the Internet architecture described as?

A network of networks

What is the main challenge in managing the Internet infrastructure?

Managing the number of connections

What is the purpose of a global transit ISP?

To connect multiple access ISPs

What is the Internet structure described as?

A network of networks

What is the primary challenge in connecting millions of access ISPs?

Interconnecting them together

What is the term for a company that provides Internet access to customers?

Access ISP

What is the primary goal of interconnecting access ISPs?

To provide global network coverage

What is the term for the study of how networks are interconnected and organized?

Network Topology

What is the term for the management of networks on a global scale?

Global Network Management

What is the primary benefit of interconnecting access ISPs?

Enhanced global connectivity

What is the term for the physical infrastructure that enables Internet access?

ISP Infrastructure

What is the primary function of an Internet Exchange Point (IXP)?

To connect multiple ISPs to access networks

What type of networks may arise to connect access networks to ISPs?

Regional networks

What is the primary characteristic of a Tier 1 ISP?

National and international coverage

What is the purpose of a content provider network?

To bring services and content close to end users

What is the term used to describe the Internet's structure?

A network of networks

What is located at the 'center' of the Internet structure?

A small number of well-connected large networks

What is the purpose of a peering link?

To interconnect networks at an IXP

What is the primary function of a regional ISP?

To connect access networks to Tier 1 ISPs

What is the term used to describe a network that connects its data centers to the Internet?

Content provider network

What is the primary benefit of a content provider network?

Bringinging services and content close to end users

Study Notes

Internet Structure: A Network of Networks

  • The Internet is a "network of networks" that connects millions of access ISPs.
  • Connecting each access ISP to each other directly doesn't scale, with a complexity of O(N2) connections.
  • An alternative approach is to connect each access ISP to one global transit ISP.
  • However, this approach is also not scalable due to the large number of access ISPs.

Internet Exchange Points (IXPs)

  • IXPs are used to connect multiple access ISPs and ISPs together.
  • IXPs reduce the number of connections needed to interconnect multiple networks.
  • Peering links are used to connect ISPs to IXPs.

Regional Networks and Content Provider Networks

  • Regional networks may arise to connect access nets to ISPs.
  • Content provider networks (e.g., Google, Microsoft, Akamai) run their own networks to bring services and content close to end users.
  • These networks often bypass tier-1 and regional ISPs.

Tier-1 ISPs and Content Provider Networks

  • Tier-1 ISPs (e.g., Level 3, Sprint, AT&T, NTT) have national and international coverage.
  • Content provider networks (e.g., Google, Facebook) have private networks that connect their data centers to the Internet.
  • These networks often have a small number of well-connected large networks at their "center".

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