Network complexity

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Network complexity is the number of nodes and alternative paths that exist within a computer network, as well as the variety of communication media, communications equipment, protocols, and hardware and software platforms found in the network.

Simple network: A small LAN with no alternative paths, a single communication protocol, and identical hardware and software platforms across nodes would be classified as a simple network.

Complex network: an enterprise-wide network that uses multiple communication media and communication protocols to interconnect geographically distributed networks with dissimilar hardware and software platforms would be classified as a complex network.

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  • Michael H. Behringer (2009). "Classifying Network Complexity" (PDF). ACM. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  • Danail Bonchev, Gregory A. Buck (2007). "Quantitative Measures of Network Complexity". doi:10.1007/0-387-25871-X_5. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)