Traffic Generation

Posted by : Rob Stevens | Friday, November 07, 2008 | Published in

We're doing some pretty interesting stuff in network management at the moment. This session and the last one we've started looking at packet generating and capturing using ttcp and tcpdump. I'm enjoying this quite a lot because it's adding the sort of depth to my networking knowledge that I was really lacking. Now I'm starting to understand the concepts behind some of the technologies that I've been playing with over the last few years, both as part of the foundation degree, and the tools that I've been experimenting with at home.

Only problem is, a large chunk of the class really don't seem to be up to the standards they should be at for doing the last year of a degree, and as a consequence really aren't understanding what we're doing. Because of this the lecturer is saying that he might have to scale back the pace of the tutorials. I'm not desperately impressed with this as I already spend quite enough time sitting around waiting for stuff to happen. Most of the people that I've been on the foundation degree with are absolutely fine with what's going on. The problem seems to be with the people coming from courses run by different colleges or universities. Very frustrating, and really shouldn't be happening.

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