Cost Tradeoffs Between Local and Remote Computing.
CALIFORNIA UNIV LOS ANGELES GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
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A major problem in communication networks analysis is to determine the degree of centralization of computer power that is desirable from both an operational and costbenefit point of view. An example of this problem occurs in a manufacturing complex wherein decisions must be made on the distribution of data, process power, and redundancy. Because of the many parameters involving hardware, system software, and communications, a purely analytical approach is often impractical. The method here is to employ an analytical simulation model to obtain measures of cost, throughput, and response time. After the model itself is examined, focus is placed on several experiments which reveal the superiority of semi-centralized configurations. Application to logistic and manufacturing systems are explored along with the development of a network link construction method.
- Computer Systems
- Non-Radio Communications