Communication Networks, 2nd Edition

Communication Networks, 2nd Edition

A Concise Introduction

Jean Walrand, Shyam Parekh
ISBN: 9781627058872 | PDF ISBN: 9781627058995
Hardcover ISBN:9781681736150
Copyright © 2018 | 240 Pages | Publication Date: December, 2017

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This book results from many years of teaching an upper division course on communication networks in the EECS department at the University of California, Berkeley. It is motivated by the perceived need for an easily accessible textbook that puts emphasis on the core concepts behind current and next generation networks. After an overview of how today's Internet works and a discussion of the main principles behind its architecture, we discuss the key ideas behind Ethernet, WiFi networks, routing, internetworking, and TCP. To make the book as self-contained as possible, brief discussions of probability and Markov chain concepts are included in the appendices. This is followed by a brief discussion of mathematical models that provide insight into the operations of network protocols. Next, the main ideas behind the new generation of wireless networks based on LTE, and the notion of QoS are presented. A concise discussion of the physical layer technologies underlying various networks is also included. Finally, a sampling of topics is presented that may have significant influence on the future evolution of networks, including overlay networks like content delivery and peer-to-peer networks, sensor networks, distributed algorithms, Byzantine agreement, source compression, SDN and NFV, and Internet of Things.

"...informed, informative, and useful to students, faculty, and practitioners in the field."
- Anthony Ephremides, University of Maryland

"A concise and refreshing treatment that focuses on the fundamental principles..."
- Massimo Franceschetti, University of California, San Diego

"The most important principles of communication network design, with emphasis on the Internet, in a crisp and clear fashion."
- Bruce Hajek, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Conceptual clarity, simplicity of explanation, and brevity are the soul of this book. I wish there had been such a book when I was learning about communication networks."
- P.R. Kumar, Texas A&M

"A holistic account of this critical yet complex infrastructure and explains the essential ideas clearly and precisely...It is the best introduction to networking..."
- Steven Low, Caltech

"An amazing book. ...Jean and Shyam are in the unique position for writing this book... It is certainly a must-have book."
- Lei Ying, Arizona State University

Table of Contents

Praise for Communication Networks: A Concise Introduction
The Internet
Physical Layer
Additional Topics
Authors' Biographies

About the Author(s)

Jean Walrand, University of California, Berkeley
Jean Walrand received his Ph.D. in EECS from UC Berkeley, and has been on the faculty of that department since 1982. He is the author of An Introduction to Queueing Networks (Prentice Hall, 1988), Communication Networks: A First Course (2nd ed., McGraw-Hill, 1998), and Probability in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Amazon, 2014), and co-author of High-Performance Communication Networks (2nd ed., Morgan Kaufman, 2000), Scheduling and Congestion Control for Communication and Processing Networks (Morgan & Claypool, 2010), and Sharing Network Resources (Morgan & Claypool, 2014). His research interests include stochastic processes, queuing theory, communication networks, game theory, and the economics of the Internet. Prof. Walrand is a Fellow of the Belgian American Education Foundation and of the IEEE, and a recipient of the Informs Lanchester Prize, the IEEE Stephen O. Rice Prize, the IEEE Kobayashi Award, and the ACM Sigmetrics Achievement Award.

Shyam Parekh, AT&T Labs Research and University of California, Berkeley (Adjunct)
Shyam Parekh received his Ph.D. in EECS from UC Berkeley in 1986. He is currently a Principal Inventive Scientist at AT&T Labs Research and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the EECS department at UC Berkeley. He has also previously worked at Bell Labs, TeraBlaze, and Tidal Networks. He was a co-chair of the Application Working Group of the WiMAX Forum during 2008. He is a co-editor of Quality of Service Architectures for Wireless Networks (Information Science Reference, 2010). He currently holds 10 U.S. patents. His research interests include architecture, modeling, and analysis of both wired and wireless networks.


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