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Network Analysis, Architecture, and Design, 3rd Edition by James D. McCabe

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4 Flow analysis

The results of requirements analysis—the requirements specification and requirements map—list and describe requirements that have been gathered and derived for a network. Many of these are performance requirements (capacity, delay, and RMA) for users, their applications, and devices. Such performance requirements, along with the locations of users, applications, and devices from the requirements map, form the basis for estimating where traffic will flow through the network. Flow analysis is the process of characterizing traffic flows for a network: where they are likely to occur and what levels of performance they will require.

The intent of flow analysis is not to show every possible flow in a network, but rather to show those ...

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