Computer networks: a systems approach

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Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 2000 - Computers - 748 pages
NEW EDITION NOW AVAILABLE! ISBN 1-55860-832-X Networking technologies and practices are constantly evolving. Equip your students with an understanding that helps them keep pace with Internet time. In this carefully focused revision of the best-selling first edition, authors Peterson and Davie reiterate their commitment to a systems-oriented approach to networking instruction. Focusing on the why of network designnot just the specifications comprising today's systems but how key technologies and protocols actually work in the real world to solve specific problemsthey promote an enduring, practical understanding of networks and their building blocks. The second edition incorporates coverage of Quality of Service issues, mobile and wireless networks, VPNs, and much more. Over 100 new exercises help users consolidate and expand their knowledge. No other textbook offers a more solid grounding for aspiring network professionals. Computer Networks: A Systems Approach gives your students the knowledge and perspective they need and gives you the tools you need to maximize their learning experience: * Unparalleled instruction from an expert team of authors. The authors bring over 30 years of experience in networking research, development and teaching to the task of describing the principles and practical implementation of computer networks. Both have played key roles in defining and implementing many of the protocols discussed inside. * Cutting-edge coverage. The second edition has been thoroughly updated to cover the most recent advances in networking, including: * a new chapter on security techniques - PGP, IPSEC, secure sockets and firewalls * a new chapter on application layer protocols - SMTP, HTTP, SNMP, DNS and RTP * new material on wireless and mobile technology- spread spectrum techniques and 802.11 * new section on building VPN's on top of the public Internet * Expanded treatment of key issues. Topics such as Internet routing, Quality of Service, congestion control, ATM, compression and multimedia communications now delve deeper to reflect changes that have taken place over the past four years. * Effective pedagogical components. Alongside the authors' clear explanations and insights, you'll find pedagogical components that significantly enhance students' understanding: * Problem statementsthe practical design challenges met by the techniques covered in each chapter * Shaded sidebars explorations of advanced topics * Highlighted summary paragraphs distillations of key network design principles * Open Issuesguided discussions of controversial networking issues * Further readingpointers to definitive papers related to each chapter's coverage * Completely revamped end-of-chapter exercises The second edition offers over 100 new end-of-chapter exercises, the result of a substantial editing and development effort by a seasoned networking instructor, Peter Dordal of Loyola University. * The optimal pedagogical approach. Encyclopedic and "layered" approaches cover required material but leave critical questions unanswered. Peterson and Davie focus on systemshow they interweave technology and technique to meet practical needs. Adding layer-focused considerations where necessary, the authors teach students why networks are designed as they are and cultivate the skills needed to build the networks of the future. * Real-world implementation examples. New to this edition, operating system-independent C code is used with pseudocode to illustrate protocol implementation throughout. The first edition's x-kernel examples continue to be available online.

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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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A two-time Western Heritage Award winner for best art book of the year and recipient of the Scriver Award, Larry Len Peterson is an acknowledged expert on art and art history of the American West. His publications include Charles M. Russell, Legacy (1999); A Most Desperate Situation (2000, 2001); Philip R. Goodwin: America's Sporting and Wildlife Artist (2001, 2007); The Call of the Mountains: The Artists of Glacier National Park (2002); and L. A. Huffman: Photographer of the American West (2003, 2005). He lives with his wife, LeAnne, on the Spirit of Winter Ranch near Sisters, Oregon.

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