On Wed, 26 Apr 2006, Thomas Bridge wrote:
> The main theory involved with networking protocols is understanding
> the OSI layer model and the difference in the various type of layer
> 3 routing protocols.
> This doesn't need to be taught as part of a degree - any CCNA is
> who more than merely a certification monkey has this.
To administer them, sure.
But deeper than that and you need stronger knowledge of the theory -
theory in the mathematical sense, not "OSI layer model" and
"differences between routing protocols" sense (which is practical
application - not theory).
To work on routing software and improve existing protocols, you need
an appreciation at least of certain algorithms (Dijkstra,
Bellman-Ford). To /further/ the state of routing protocols, you
*definitely* will need a good appreciation of graph theory.
> A year ago I found myself administering and designing a very large
> network that ran CLNS, and it was the theory that I'd learned that
You didn't learn theory though, least not in the sense I understand
it (and, I think, not the sense Kevin meant).
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