The goal of this work was to provide the foundation for a course in networking by developing the hardware and software for a token ring Local Area Network (LAN). Any course work in networking would focus on the emerging International Standards Organization (ISO) Open Systems Interconnections (OSI) model. This model provides a seven layered structure, where each layer performs some logical aspect of the communication process. Thus, the software developed would have to provide the functionality of a multiple layered design, implying multiple tasks communicating by operating system primitives. Also, a simplified design would minimize the time for those students trying to assimilate the basic work prior to embarking on the design of their own work. Within an Intel 310 system running the iRMX operating system, the LAN hardware and software were developed. The package allows reliable transfer of files to the other nodes on a token ring LAN via access by user programs to lower layers. In addition, the user has a reasonable interface to interact with the file system of the home node. Once the physical configuration of the LAN is established, the software is self-initializing and self monitoring for pathological cases. The software runs as an application task on each node, thus maintaining each Intel 310 as a general purpose development environment.
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Leach, James, "Design and implementation of a local area network utilizing Intel 310/80286 systems" (1987). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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