Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Network Engineers!

In computing this half term we will be exploring how computer networks allow us to transfer information between computers.

In today's lesson we passed messages around the classroom in the same way as data is transferred in and between networks of computers.

We began by writing our messages which we then broke down into smaller 'packets' of information. We recorded our 'IP address' and that of the recipient on each piece of our data, before sending it out into the network of children in the class who looked for the shortest route to the recipient. Once it reached the recipient they had to put the pieces back together to read their message just like a computer has to reconfigure the data it receives for us to make sense of it.

We discovered how a server can be overloaded when a lot of information is being sent across it at the same time!

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