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  • Copyright 1997
  • Dimensions: 7-3/8" x 9-1/4"
  • Pages: 688
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-7686-8230-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7686-8230-4

This practical introduction to computer networking takes a unique and highly effective "engineering" approach that not only describes how networks operate but also offers insight into the principles of network design.

An Engineering Approach to Computer Networking simultaneously studies all three major network technologies-Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), Internet, and telephony. You will find clear overviews of these technologies and extensive, up-to-date coverage of all essential networking topics: protocol layering; multiple access; switching; scheduling; naming, addressing, and routing; error and flow control; and traffic management. For each topic, the book identifies fundamental constraints and analyzes the pros and cons of several alternative solutions. Through detailed descriptions of common protocols used in telephone, Internet, and ATM networks-as well as a tour of system design and protocol implementation techniques-this book shows you how these concepts are put to use in real networks.

Practical in focus, An Engineering Approach to Computer Networking features many real-world examples and is supported with on-line material including:

  • Microsoft PowerPoint slides covering the material in the book.
  • A multithreaded, packet-level network simulator that allows users to simulate arbitrary protocols.
  • Simulation exercises covering multiple access, error control, flow control, routing, and scheduling.
  • A bibliography with links to Web sites referred to in the text.
  • A searchable glossary.
  • Solutions to all exercises.

With this deeper understanding of network structure and hands-on experience implementing protocols, you will have an excellent command of the field and be better equipped to design powerful and efficient networks and leading-edge networking software.

S. Keshav, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University, has employed the engineering approach with great success in networking courses he has taught at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and Columbia University. Formerly a Member of the Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Dr. Keshav received his Ph.D. in 1991 from the University of California at Berkeley. He can be reached at keshav@ensim.com.

Sample Content

Table of Contents

(Most chapters contain a Summary.)

Preface xiii.


1. Atoms, Bits, and Networks.


Common Network Technologies.

Networking Concepts and Techniques.

Engineering Computer Networks.

In Closing. 2. The Telephone Network: Concepts, History, and Challenges.






Cellular Communications.

Historical Sketch.


Summary. 3. The Internet: Concepts, History, and Challenges.


Basic Internet Technology.



Endpoint Control.



Summary. 4. Atm Networks: Concepts, History, and Challenges.

Virtual Circuits.

Fixed-Size Packets.

Small Packet Size.

Statistical Multiplexing.

Integrated Service.





5. Protocol Layering.

Protocols and Protocol Layering.

Importance of Layering.

Problems With Layering.

Iso-Osi Reference Model.

The Seven Layers.

Summary. 6. System Design.


Resource Constraints and Their Metrics.

Common Design Techniques.

Performance Analysis and Tuning.

Summary. 7. Multiple Access.


Choices and Constraints.

Base Technologies.

Centralized Access Schemes.

Distributed Schemes.

Summary. 8. Switching.


Circuit Switching.

Packet Switching.

Switch Fabrics.



Summary. 9. Scheduling.



Fundamental Choices.

Scheduling Best-Effort Connections.

Scheduling Guaranteed-Service Connections.


Packet Dropping.

Summary. 10. Naming and Addressing.


Naming and Addressing.

Hierarchical Naming.


Addressing in the Telephone Network.

Addressing in the Internet.

Nsaps: Addressing in ATM Networks.

Name Resolution.

Datalink Layer Addressing.

Finding Datalink Layer Addresses.

Summary. 11. Routing.


Routing Protocol Requirements.


Routing in the Telephone Network.

Distance-Vector Routing.

Link-State Routing.

Choosing Link Costs.

Hierarchical Routing.

Internet Routing Protocols.

Routing Within a Broadcast Lan.

Multicast Routing.

Routing With Policy Constraints.

Routing for Mobile Hosts.

Summary. 12. Error Control.

Causes of Bit Errors.

Bit-Error Detection and Correction.

Causes of Packet Errors.

Packet-Error Detection and Correction.

Summary. 13. Flow Control.



Open-Loop Flow Control.

Closed-Loop Flow Control.

Hybrid Flow Control.

Summary. 14. Traffic Management.


An Economic Framework for Traffic Management.

Traffic Models.

Traffic Classes.

Time Scales of Traffic Management.




Admission Control.

Peak-Load Pricing.

Capacity Planning.



15. Common Protocols.


Telephone Network Protocols.

Internet Protocols.

Atm Network Protocols.

Ip Over Atm.

Summary. 16. Protocol Implementation.


Factors Affecting Protocol Stack Performance.

Common Protocol Stack Procedures.

Partitioning Strategies.

Interface Among Protocol Layers.

Protocol Implementation.

Some Rules of Thumb.

Summary. References.
Answers to Review Questions and Selected Exercises.


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