The goal of this thesis is to determine if there is a significant performance difference between two network computer architecture models. The study will measure latency and throughput for both client-server and virtualized client architectures. In the client server environment, the client computer performs a significant portion of the work and frequently requires downloading uploading files to and from a remote location. Virtual client architecture turns the client machine into a terminal, sending only keystrokes and mouse clicks and receiving only display pixel or sound changes. I accomplished the goal of comparing these architectures by comparing completion times for ping reply, file download, a small set of common work tasks, and a moderately large SQL database query. I compared these tasks using simulated wide area network, local area network, and virtual client network architectures. The study limits the architecture to one where the virtual client and server are in the same data center.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Wide area networks (Computer networks)--Management; Computer network architectures--Evaluation; Virtual computer systems
Gustafson, John, "A Comparison of wide area network performance using virtualized and non-virtualized client architectures" (2013). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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