Creative Networking Workshop at MIT / VAP, 2008
01 Introduction to Networks
Graph Theory, basic terminology, and networks in the real world.
Exercise 01: Find three networks in your daily life, draw their diagrams on a paper illustrating the nodes and the connections.
02 Network Topologies
Centralized – All nodes connect to a single node, a hub. e.g., Panoptican prison, monarchy, supreme court.
Decentralized – Multiple centralized networks, many hubs. e.g., Airlines, postal system, power grid.
Distributed – Mesh networks, no central hubs. e.g., Fish net, lattice, highway.
Fully Connected – Every node connects to every other node. e.g., 11 members of a soccer team.
Exercise 02: Draw three different types of networks –centralized, decentralized, and distributed. Layout your diagrams carefully focusing on the topography of your network.