I am working on a project which has been divided into two phases.the first phase requires designing a local area network having two servers and multiple dumb terminals as their clients.the second phase willl deal with applying distributed computing over the same network.
to start with i look up at networking basics.then some distributed computing concepts.but now i am stuck at a point where i need to decide whether my selection of physical topology and communication protocols(ethernet or token ring) will affect final distributed application implementation or not.
also i am not able to decide how to choose between so many connection technologies and networking hardware available.
i tried to study my institute's network setup but that too didnt turn out of much help.
hardware availabiity should not be any issue as it is a major project so full support is expected from the institusion.
i am looking for some guidence in terms of directions which could be followed.
thanx in advance.