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Computer Network | Andrew S. Tanenbaum & David J Wetherall-PEARSON

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Computer Networks, Fifth Edition, is the ideal introduction to the networking field. This bestseller reflects the latest networking technologies with a special emphasis on wireless networking, including 802.11, 802.16, Bluetooth&trade, and 3G cellular, paired with fixed-network coverage of ADSL, Internet over cable, gigabit Ethernet, MLPS, and peer-to-peer networks. Notably, this latest edition incorporates new coverage on 3G mobile phone networks, Fiber to the Home, RIFD, delay-tolerant networks, and 802.11 security, in addition to expanded material on Internet routing, multicasting, congestion control, quality of service, real-time transport, and content distribution.


Tanenbaum takes a structured approach to explaining how networks work from the inside out. He starts with an explanation of the physical layer of networking, computer hardware and transmission systems then works his way up to network applications.

The book places emphasis on topics of 802.11, 802.16, Bluetooth, paired and fixed coverage of ADSL, 3G cellular, gigabit Ethernet, MLPS and peer-to-peer networks. The latest edition comprehensively discusses fibre to the home, RIFD, delay torrent networking, 802.11 security, internet routing, congestion control, quality of service, real-time transport and content distribution.

Published by Pearson Education, the 5th Edition includes eight chapters that begin with the petite topics of physical layer, data link layer and medium access control sub-layer. Tanenbaum gradually gets to the more intricate topics of network layer, transport layer and application layer where various concepts have been explained in a plain manner. The book also explains network security to assist in creating a secure networking system between computers.

About the author:

About the author:

Andrew Tanenbaum, born in 1944, is an American computer scientist who is a professor emeritus at Vrije Universiteit at Amsterdam, Netherlands. Known for being the author of MINIX, a unix like free operating system, Tanenbaum is devoted to his teaching profession.

David J. Wetherall is a professor by profession in the department of Computer Science and Engineering. He taught at the University of Washington. He has authored several books including: Computernetzwerke, Computer Networks, and Computer Networks (5th Edition) by Tanenbaum, Andrew S., Wetherall, David J. 5th (fifth) Edition [Hardcover(2010)].


Table of Content

Chapter 1:  Introduction
Chapter 2:  The Physical Layer
Chapter 3:  The Data Link Layer
Chapter 4:  The Medium Access Control Sublayer
Chapter 5:  The Network Layer
Chapter 6:  The Transport Layer
Chapter 7:  The Application Layer

Salient Features

Revised and new material on:
• Wireless networks (802.12 and 802.16)
• The 3G networks used by smart phones
• RFID and sensor networks
• Content Distribution using CDNs
• Peer-to-peer networks
• Real-time media (from stored, streaming, and live sources)
• Internet telephony (voice over IP)
• Delay-tolerant networks



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