Network simulations and future technologies in teaching networking courses: Development of a laboratory model with Cisco Virtual Internet Routing Lab (Virl)

S. V. Tagliacane, P. W. C. Prasad, George Zajko, A. Elchouemi, Ashutosh Kumar Singh

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Abstract

The high demand for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) network experts requires the educational development of professionals to be capable of addressing problems from a theoretical and technical point of view. Accordingly, the integration of practical labs into traditional teaching techniques enables ICT High Education students to enhance the quality of their learning environment through the application of theoretical knowledge onto real-life professional scenarios. Three different laboratory models are currently identified: a fully virtualized environment, a combination of physical hardware and software and a fully physical hardware infrastructure implementation. Those solutions are integrated into the didactic environment in order to provide students direct hands-on experience onto theoretical networking concepts. This report aims to evaluate current virtual laboratory models, contrast them in terms of functionalities and capabilities and consequently present the development of a virtual lab solution, characterized by three virtual routers and two end devices, within the Cisco Virtual Internet Routing Lab (Virl) environment. The proposed model has been also evaluated against the same network configuration deployed onto GNS3 simulation software and real network infrastructure. Results demonstrate realistic data confirming the efficiency and reliability of the Virl Simulation environment for the delivery of IT networking subjects in High Education addressing some of the limitations of current GNS3 and Packet Tracer simulation software.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Wireless Communications, Signal Processing and Networking
Subtitle of host publicationWiSPNET 2016
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages644-649
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467393379
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sep 2016
Event2016 IEEE International Conference on Wireless Communications, Signal Processing and Networking, WiSPNET 2016 - Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering, Chennai, India
Duration: 23 Mar 201625 Mar 2016
http://www.wispnet2016.org

Conference

Conference2016 IEEE International Conference on Wireless Communications, Signal Processing and Networking, WiSPNET 2016
CountryIndia
CityChennai
Period23/03/1625/03/16
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    Tagliacane, S. V., Prasad, P. W. C., Zajko, G., Elchouemi, A., & Singh, A. K. (2016). Network simulations and future technologies in teaching networking courses: Development of a laboratory model with Cisco Virtual Internet Routing Lab (Virl). In Proceedings of the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Wireless Communications, Signal Processing and Networking: WiSPNET 2016 (pp. 644-649). [7566212] IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1109/WiSPNET.2016.7566212