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Communication networks : a concise introduction / Jean Walrand, Shyam Parekh.

By: Walrand, Jean.
Contributor(s): Parekh, Shyam P.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Synthesis lectures on communication networks: #4.Publisher: [San Rafael, Calif.] : Morgan & Claypool Publishers, c2010Description: xv, 174 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781608450947 (pbk.); 1608450945 (pbk.); 9781608450954 (ebook); 1608450953 (ebook).Subject(s): Computer networksAlso available online.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 163-168) and index.

Also available online.

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This valuable handbook on computer networks is based on notes from a course that Walrand (Univ. of California, Berkeley) and Parekh (Bell Laboratories) taught at Berkeley. Not for beginners, this book assumes students are familiar with network hardware and have completed college mathematics courses. The work starts with an overview of the Internet and a discussion of how hosts and routers use links and packets to send and receive data. Early chapters address using functional layers and variable application topologies to provide compatibility for different network implementations. This is followed by quick looks at Ethernet and wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) to prepare the reader for a theoretical, robust treatise on routing, transport, and the role of layers in maintaining predictable results. Later chapters address the sensitive topic of QoS (quality of service); newer Internet technologies rely on packet prioritization, but some core network technologies do not. The book ends with a wonderfully concise treatment of the physical layer of networking where bits are encoded and transmitted as electromagnetic waves or light waves and then converted back into bits. This is a suitable supplemental resource for advanced computer network courses. Also available electronically as part of the "Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science." Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students. M. Connell SUNY College at Cortland

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