Term of Award

Spring 2009

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mathematics (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Department

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Committee Chair

Vladan Jovanovic

Committee Member 1

James K. Harris

Committee Member 2

Yan Wu

Abstract

This thesis will formally define and demonstrate the viability of a standardized set of symbols to be used to represent storage network components in various mediums. Without being formally defined, visual representations of storage network systems and essential networking concepts have proven themselves to be quite useful to the computer sciences industry. It is my proposition, however, that the adoption of a formally defined standardized symbol set would improve the usefulness of these visual tools, the goal being to create a language that is used as the visual tool for designing and modeling storage network solutions for any given infrastructure. As a part of my thesis discourse, I will present my suggestion for a set of standard diagramming network symbols, formally define the syntax of the logical network diagramming language that utilizes these symbols and provide desired semantics using a graph of its corresponding meta-model. I will also present sample diagrams of a storage area network that has been written in the proposed diagramming language as designed by the software program, Microsoft Visio. Standardization follows closely the ideas put forward experimentally by Dr. Jovanovic and his students and collaborators since 2007.

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