Computer Networks: A Systems Approach (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Networking)

Computer Networks: A Systems Approach, Fifth Edition, explores the key principles of computer networking, with examples drawn from the real world of network and protocol design. Using the Internet as the primary example, this best-selling and classic textbook explains various protocols and networking technologies. The systems-oriented approach encourages students to think about how individual network components fit into a larger, complex system of interactions. This book has a completely updated content with expanded coverage of the topics of utmost importance to networking professionals and students, including P2P, wireless, network security, and network applications such as e-mail and the Web, IP telephony and video streaming, and peer-to-peer file sharing. There is now increased focus on application layer issues where innovative and exciting research and design is currently the center of attention. Other topics include network design and architecture; the ways users can connect to a network; the concepts of switching, routing, and internetworking; end-to-end protocols; congestion control and resource allocation; and end-to-end data.

Each chapter includes a problem statement, which introduces issues to be examined; shaded sidebars that elaborate on a topic or introduce a related advanced topic; What’s Next? discussions that deal with emerging issues in research, the commercial world, or society; and exercises.

This book is written for graduate or upper-division undergraduate classes in computer networking. It will also be useful for industry professionals retraining for network-related assignments, as well as for network practitioners seeking to understand the workings of network protocols and the big picture of networking.

  • Completely updated content with expanded coverage of the topics of utmost importance to networking professionals and students, including P2P, wireless, security, and applications
  • Increased focus on application layer issues where innovative and exciting research and design is currently the center of attention
  • Free downloadable network simulation software and lab experiments manual available

Users Comments:

  • While this book seems thorough and informative, the editor of the book clearly missed quite a few errors. Many of the mathematical equations/concepts within the book are missing one or more operator (= < > * ^ + -, etc). I bought this book as a textbook for one of my classes, and we are required to use many of these equations, and understand the concepts. It is quite frustrating when the equations are incomplete, and I must go online to determine the complete equation. Not to mention, some of the exercise questions are also missing parts of the equations. The content of the book is excellent and the concepts are presented in a manner easy to understand, but the lack of proof-reading is a glaring mistake. I do not expect such sloppy and lazy editing to be present in a graduate-level textbook. It makes this book difficult and choppy to read, as I am constantly having to stop and figure out if an equation should have a ‘=’ or a ‘<‘ symbol in it, or if two number should be added or multiplied together.
  • I haven’t finished the book yet, but I’d like to reassure potential buyers that the Kindle Edition is fine in that the diagrams are quite readable even with my small Kindle.
    This has not always been the case for Kindle edition of other computer books.
    Now The fact that I bought this as a Kindle book has been a bit of a life-saver because I often take a bus and when I read it there,
    I increase the font size considerably. This way I dont get a headache from reading with the book shaking in front of my eyes.
    Now for the contents:
    It’s quite good. It tends to have a semi-formal long rambling style rather than one little bit at a time (and then exercises), which I would have preferred. Nevertheless I currently feel confident that with pencil and paper I could get by with just this book and learn a lot about how TCP/IP works.
    One thing I liked is that the author I wary of following the OSI model literally and working one’s way up.
  • A decent casual read to gain some understanding of networks- It’s pretty clear that the author was trying to maximize the number of words in this book. As a reference, the formatting is terrible, and it’s overly verbose in places. This makes it too difficult to find what you’re looking for. This is used in my Computer Networks course, but only because this is the least of the worse choices. This book is actually one of the sources of motivation for our professor’s efforts to write a better one.
  • I found this book well organized, current, and easy to read. There were typos in some of the exercises. I wish that they provided more answers, or that the elsevier site was more accommodating to non-students, since I am using this book for self-study.
    My only frustrations came from the code examples. I typed up the sliding window example but it did not compile. I used gcc on ubuntu and added the appropriate include files (and even some extras). Why bother including code examples if they do not work? At least provide details as to your coding environment. I blame the graduate students. 😉
  • I suppose this is an awesome book. If I could read more than two pages without wanting to scratch out my own eyes. I am giving this book 4 stars due to the fact that the book itself has a lot of information in it. So, I suppose if you were taking Master’s level courses, this would be the book for you… I am taking 1 star away out of pure spite. This book is so chock full of information that it almost hurts your brain to read it. The questions after the chapters sometime ask about concepts only introduced in the TEACHERS edition. And reading it makes me, with my 15 years experience working with computers and my 10 years working in networking REALLY want to question my whole devotion to IT altogether and take up something more rewarding, like disposing of explosives by throwing them by hand into fires.
    The book was obviously written on the pay per word model, and this guy has to be a millionaire by now.

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