Project Title: Teaching Computer Networks Through Simulation Experiments and Animation Library (NET-SEAL)*.

Description: Recent advances in computer and telecommunications networking have increased the importance of networking technologies in the computing discipline. Mastery of this subject area involves both theory and practice. The 2001 ACM/IEEE Computing Curricula strongly recommends the involvement of hands-on experimentation and analysis in computer networking. These experiments reinforce students’ understanding of evolving computer networking concepts and their application to real-world problems, which is the main goal of the Net-SEAL project. The main outcomes of this project will be a set of networking experiments and animations to depict the dynamic of the protocols addressed in the experiments. The experiments are based on simulating small, big, and global networks. The experiments will promote the teamwork spirit and collaboration between students.

Understanding computer networking requires learning technical protocols that are sophisticated and dynamic. These protocols are often difficult to understand if presented verbally or numerically. Typically graphic representation is favored as a way of teaching these protocols.  But it is still challenging to understand the dynamic networking protocols using static graphic representations. Therefore, animations should be superior to static graphics in depicting the dynamic networking protocols. They are expected to quicken the learning curve of computer networking learners. In our NET-SEAL project many networking animations will be available for networking students, educators, and professionals.

(For the Net-SEAL animations please click here)


* The work presented in this page is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) under Grant No. DUE-0536388.

  • Project Investigators:
    Vinod Vokkarane (Principal Investigator)
    Emad Aboelela (Former Principal Investigator)
    Silvino Ferreira (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Research Assistants:
    Neal Charbonneau (UMASS Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA, U.S.A)
    Harris Dinga (UMASS Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA, U.S.A)
  • Sponsors:
    University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth, MA 02747
    Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree St, Fall River, MA 02720


Note: Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this page are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of neither the National Science Foundation (NSF) nor the sponsors.

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