By focusing on the convergence of the telephone, computer networking, cable TV, and wireless industries, this fully revised second edition explains current and emerging networking technologies. The authors proceed from fundamental principles to develop a comprehensive understanding of network architectures, protocols, control, performance, and economics. Communications engineers, computer scientists, network administrators and managers will appreciate the book for its perspectives on the innovations that impact their work. Students will be enriched by the descriptive and thorough coverage of networking, giving them the knowledge to explore rewarding career opportunities.
* Provides the most recent information on wide & local area networks, including WDM and optical networks, Fast & Gigabit Ethernets; access networks, such as cable modems & DSL; approaches for quality-differentiated services in IP & ATM networks.
* Examines the Internet, including proposed advances for improved performance & quality of service.
* Presents a comprehensive discussion of wireless netwoks for voice & data.
* Explains the economic factors & technical tradeoffs that guide network development.
* Derives the most important mathematical results of network performance.
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Jean Walrand, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC-Berkelely, is a recipient of the Lanchester Prize and a fellow of both the IEEE and the Belgian American Educational Foundation. His research interests include stochastic processes, queuing theory, communication networks, and control systems. His other books include An Introduction to Queuing Networks (1988) and Communication Networks: A First Course (1998). He is co-founder of Odyssia Systems, a Berkeley-based company specializing in the development of IP-QoS systems.
Pravin Varaiya is the Nortel Networks Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC-Berkeley. A fellow of the IEEE and a member of the NAE, he has been engaged in teaching and research in communication networks for two decades. He is co-Principal Investigator on the NSF-sponsored Internet Demand Experiment (INDEX) and WebTP projects, as well as on an ONR-sponsored project dealing with ad hoc networks for unmanned air vehicles.Review:
A comprehensive view of networking technologies, their future directions, economic drivers for network growth, and analytical techniques to help get the most out of network resources. The book is very well written, and will be extremely valuable to practitioners and researchers alike.
-Bharat Doshi, Lucent Technologies
In a field where the rapid development of technology has made complete coverage in a single text almost impossible, this book is an exception. It represents a singular accomplishment of clarity, precision, accuracy, and topical currency. Its friendly style is complemented by insights, breadth, and a unique blend of traditional and innovative presentation.
-Anthony Ephremides, University of Maryland
The second edition covers new technologies that have emerged in the last few years. I have successfully used it in teaching at Stanford University. I believe this book is also very useful to a wide range of professionals who are trying to keep pace with the rapid developments in the field.
-Nicholas Bambos, Stanford University
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