Computer Networks: A Systems Approach

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Elsevier, Mar 2, 2011 - Computers - 920 pages
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Computer Networks: A Systems Approach, Fifth Edition, explores the key principles of computer networking, with examples drawn from the real world of network and protocol design. Using the Internet as the primary example, this best-selling and classic textbook explains various protocols and networking technologies. The systems-oriented approach encourages students to think about how individual network components fit into a larger, complex system of interactions.

This book has a completely updated content with expanded coverage of the topics of utmost importance to networking professionals and students, including P2P, wireless, network security, and network applications such as e-mail and the Web, IP telephony and video streaming, and peer-to-peer file sharing. There is now increased focus on application layer issues where innovative and exciting research and design is currently the center of attention. Other topics include network design and architecture; the ways users can connect to a network; the concepts of switching, routing, and internetworking; end-to-end protocols; congestion control and resource allocation; and end-to-end data.

Each chapter includes a problem statement, which introduces issues to be examined; shaded sidebars that elaborate on a topic or introduce a related advanced topic; What’s Next? discussions that deal with emerging issues in research, the commercial world, or society; and exercises.

This book is written for graduate or upper-division undergraduate classes in computer networking. It will also be useful for industry professionals retraining for network-related assignments, as well as for network practitioners seeking to understand the workings of network protocols and the big picture of networking.

  • Completely updated content with expanded coverage of the topics of utmost importance to networking professionals and students, including P2P, wireless, security, and applications
  • Increased focus on application layer issues where innovative and exciting research and design is currently the center of attention
  • Free downloadable network simulation software and lab experiments manual available

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User Review  - tomhudson - LibraryThing

A workable graduate textbook for standard networking concepts. Goes into more detail and more depth than Kurose, without being preoccupied with trivia, but I miss the omnipresent mathematics in that book. Read full review

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I read a few pages I intend to read the entirety but I felt I should bring up value. I think the Internet is valuable and time-consuming the popularity and advancements have begun to be over looked in the area of what we show the public about the Internet. One of my first encounters were just a few minutes what knowledge I acquired and what ideas I was asked to display next time I signed on were guided and I was taught over looking that step, that know how is one of the more important things in guiding any entrepreneur threw Internet Access. This book starts with an Introduction I don't deem necessary to just anyone and question whether in a few years at such an expense if there even will be an Internet regardless of however many subnets I can make. Understandably Confused. Little IP from Texas.
Okay I have the strongest hesitance in sharing but wouldn't it be easier said and done if the Protocols were Implemented by the OSI instead of just a reference to the OSI since in the instance of reference you need to refer so many times to something blank defined when it is very vital to be logical. This digestion takes place anyway.I'll tell you about this thought I had getting threw chapter one I thought what if I was at work one day and this person I knew from IT from the past decided to play a joke on me from one of the server computers and send me these bits to make me jumpy how would I react I would definitely play war with him back but I wonder is there really a winner.

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Chapter 1 Foundation
Chapter 2 Getting Connected
Chapter 3 Internetworking
Chapter 4 Advanced Internetworking
Chapter 5 EndtoEnd Protocols
Chapter 6 Congestion Control and Resource Allocation
Chapter 7 EndtoEnd Data
Chapter 8 Network Security
Chapter 9 Applications
Solutions to Select Exercises

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Larry L. Peterson is the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University, as well as Vice President and Chief Scientist at Verivue, Inc. He serves as Director of the PlanetLab Consortium, which focuses on the design of scalable network services and next-generation network architectures. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE, recipient of the IEEE Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Professor Peterson recently served as Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Computer Systems, he has been on the Editorial Board for the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and the IEEE Journal on Select Areas in Communication, and he has served as program chair for SOSP, NSDI, and HotNets. Peterson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE, and the 2010 recipient of the IEEE Kobayahi Computer and Communication Award. He received his Ph.D. degree from Purdue University in 1985.

Bruce Davie is a visiting lecturer at MIT, and Chief Service Provider Architect at Nicira Networks. Formerly a Fellow at Cisco Systems, for many years he led the team of architects responsible for Multiprotocol Label Switching and IP Quality of Service. He is also an active participant in the Internet Engineering Task Force and he is curently SIGCOMM Chair. Prior to joining Cisco he was director of internetworking research and chief scientist at Bell Communications Research. Bruce holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Edinburgh University. He was named an ACM Fellow in 2009. His research interests include routing, network virtualization, transport protocols, and software-defined networks.

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