This book results from many years of teaching an upper division course on communication networks in the EECS department at 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 WiMAX and 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 and source compression.
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WiMAX & LTE
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) and of Communication Networks: A First Course
(2nd ed. McGraw-Hill,1998), and co-author of High-Performance Communication Networks
(2nd ed, Morgan Kaufman, 2000) and of Scheduling and Congestion Control for Communication and Processing Networks
(Morgan & Claypool, 2010). 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 Lanchester Prize and of the Stephen O. Rice Prize.Shyam Parekh
, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent
Shyam Parekh received his Ph.D. in EECS from UC Berkeley in 1986, and is currently a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in the Network Performance & Reliability department at Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent. He has previously worked at AT&T Labs, TeraBlaze and Tidal Networks, and has an ongoing affiliation for research and teaching with the EECS department at UC Berkeley. He is co-editor of Quality of Service Architectures for Wireless Networks
(Information Science Reference, 2010). His research interests include architecture, modeling and analysis of both wired and wireless networks. He was co-chair of the Application Working Group of the WiMAX Forum during 2008.