CMSC 380: Science of Information
Assignment#1


Due on Monday, September 16, 2019

Point-to-Point Communication

You have some data that needs to transfered to a friend on another campus. It is 1TB (Terrabyte) in size. You may assume it is one file/folder.

You have two options:

1. Both you and your friend transfer the data over their campus wifi.

2. Both you and your friend transfer the data over campus ethernet connections.

Other scenarios are also possible (you are on wifi, your friend is on ethernet, etc.) but we will simplify the scenario to the two options above. Further, let us assume that the wifi network operates at the same specifications on both campuses. This will simplify the analysis you need to do.

0. First make a raw ballpark guess as to how long (in time) you think it would take to do the transfers above.

1. Find out the specifications of your campus wifi (transfer speed) and calculate how long it will take to transfer your data to you friend, using scenario#1 above.

2. Find out the specifications of your campus ethernet and then calculate how long it will take to transfer your data to your friend, using scnerio#2 above.

3. Based on the results from above, what would be the most effective way to transfer the data?

Hand in a short, written 'report' containing the following:

Your answers to Questions 0, 1, 2, and 3 above.


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