Washington Trust Bank
In this paper, the author presents an introduction to computer network topology. Definitions of physical and logical topologies are provided. Additionally common computer network realizations of physical topologies are reviewed. This is followed by a discussion of graph theory and its relation to topological analysis. A discussion of analysis examples follows with an emphasis on message routing issues, network sizing, and virus analysis. These examples are discussed to underscore the importance of topological design when constructing a new computer network, or adding to an existing one.