Hurricane Isabelle Design Project

Students in my CIS 420 Wide Area Networking (WAN) course have completed a network design for a large scale communications solution for a disaster riddled region. This project was done by undergraduate students as part of a course. The class name has been changed to ITS 472 Networking Architecture recently, but the materials were similar. 

Design document (145 Pages) and 6.5 mb. Click Here


Borton, Mathew J
Cuevas, Manuel
Philpot, Ralph Robert
Szarkowicz, Sean M
Szarmach, Douglas B
Vaupel, Derek N

Scenario: Currently a horrible disaster has occurred in the southern states and specifically the Gulf Coast region of the United States. Terrible and horrible the human tragedy continues many weeks after the original event. Command and control evaporated in the path of hurricane Katrina. The entire telecommunications systems have failed and data and voice systems will not be functional. The expertise does not currently exist and the design plans for rolling out a highly portable solution that can be overlaid and replace that infrastructure quickly. Utilizing all of the tools of research available to you consider the issues of highly portable, highly available, networks designed to carry all of the primary services needed,  to handle the expected traffic of such a disaster. This will encompass client to backbone connectivity.

There are always going to be factual and speculative errors in any architecture design document. What makes this document substantive is that it was created using only open source literature. I would really like to see some feedback as to thoughts on the design. 

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