Re: beginners guide to ... ?

Alan Crosswell (cunixc!
15 Dec 87 19:52:58 GMT

In article <8712141019.aa12180@Dewey.UDEL.EDU> parulkar@UDEL.EDU (Gurudatta Parulkar) writes:
> (plug, plug, plug)
>> Doug Comer ("Xinu", et al) is writing a book about Internetworking,
>> pretty much outside of the context of an operating system, though he
>> does talk briefly about 4.3BSD (sockets and utilites). The book
>> is fairly exhaustive, and seems to be a timely replacement for
>> the Tanenbaum book (is it still being printed with NCP references?).
>I believe Tanenbaum's book's Second edition is also coming out very
>soon. Of course, it wouldn't have as much on ARPA internet as Comer's
>book. (As per the local Prentice Hall Representative)
>-guru parulkar

             (unsolicited plug, but a plug just the same)

You might also want to browse:

Schwartz, Mischa. Telecommunication Networks: Protocols, Modeling and
Analysis, Addison-Wesley, Reading, Mass., 1987.

I like to read the protocol description sections and skip the modeling
and analysis (aka queueing theory) parts :-) If you saw the grades I
got a few years ago in Prof. Schwartz's modeling and performance
analysis class you would know why.

copied from the Table of Contents (sorry for the length; my little typing
fingers got carried away):

1 Introduction and Overview
  Circuit and Packet Switching - A Brief Introduction
  The Need for Networks
    Interconnection of Networks
  Layered Communications Architectures
  Outline of the Book

2 Introduction to Queueing Theory
  Poisson Process
  The M/M/1 Queue
  Little's Formula, L=(lambda)W
  State-dependent Queues: Birth-death Processes
  M/G/1 Queue: Mean Value Analysis
  Nonpreemptive Priority Queueing Systems

3 Layered Architectures in Data Networks
  OSI Standards Architecture and Protocols
  Unified View of OSI Protocols
  X.25 Protocol
  Systems Network Architecture(SNA)

4 Data Link Layer: Examples and Performance Analysis
  Stop-and-Wait Protocol
  Go-Back-N Protocol
    Throughput Efficiency and Optimum Packet Length
  High-Level Data Link Control (HDLC)
    Throughput Analysis, Balanced HDLC Procedure

5 Network Layer: Flow Control and Congestion Control
  X.25 Protocol
    X.25 Flow-control Mechanism
  Analysis of Window Flow-control Mechanisms
    Virtual Circuit Model
    Sliding-window Model
    Acknowledge-at-end-of-window Control
  SNA Path Control
    Virtual Route Pacing Control
    SNA Transmission Header
  Queueing Networks
    Product-form Solution, Exponential Network
    Open Queueing Networks
    Closed Queueing Networks
    Mean Value Analysis
  Input-buffer Limiting for Congestion Control

6 Network Layer: Routing Function
  Bifurcated Routing
  Shortest-path Routing
    Decentralized Version of Algorithm B
  Examples of Routing in Networks and Network Architectures
    Virtual Circuit-oriented Networks
    Datagram-oriented Networks
  Performance Analysis of Distributed Routing Algorithms
    Distributed Algorithm B
    Predecessor Algorithm
    Loop-free Distributed Routing Algorithms
    Comparitve Performance

7 Transport Layer
  OSI Transport Protocol
  Error-detection and Error-recovery Mechanisms in Transport Protocols
  Class-4 Transport Protocol Error-detection and Error-recovery Mechanisms
  Summary, Transport Protocols Class 4 - Finite State Machine
  Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) - Comparison with Transport Protocol,
    Class 4

8 Polling and Random Access in Data Networks
  Controlled-Access: Polling
    Roll-call Polling
    Hub Polling
  Random-access Techniques
    Pure Aloha
    Slotted Aloha
  Polling and Random Access Compared
    Metropolitan-area Networks: CATV Systems
  Random Access using CSMA/CD

9 Local Area Networks
  Comparitive Performance, CSMA/CD and Token Ring
  IEEE 802 Local Area Network Standards
    Ethernet: CSMA/CD Local Area Network
    Token-passing Rings

10 Introduction to Circuit Switching
  Simple Model, Circuit Switching: Queued Mode
  Circuit and Packet Switching Compared: Simple Model
  Elements of Traffic Engineering
  Digital Switching Networks
    Time Division Switching
    Block Probability Analysis of Multistage Switches: Lee Approximation
    Improved Approximate Analysis of Blocking Switch
  Examples of Digital Switching Systems
    AT&T No. 4 ESS
    Italtel UT 10/3 Switch System

11 Call Processing in Digitial Circuit-switching Systems
  Software Organization and Call Processing
    Example: Italtel UT10/3
    AT&T No. 5 ESS
  Analysis of Call-processing Procedure
  Overload Controls for Circuit-switching Machines
    Idealized Models of Overload Control
    Overload Controls for Hierarchical Distributed Systems

12 The Evolution Toward Integrated Networks
  Routing in Circuit-switch Networks
    Hierarchical Routing
    Nonhierarchical Routing
    Control of Alternately Routed Traffic: Trunk Reservation for First-routed
  Common-channel Signaling for Circuit-switched Networks
    Message Transfer Part, Signalling Link Level
    Signalling System Performance
    High-level Features
  Integrated Services Digital Networks
    A Mathematical Prelude: Moment-generating Functions
    Models for Integrated Voice and Data
    Integration Using the FIFI Discipline
    Integration with Preemptive Priority
  Movable-boundary Strategy
    Continuous-time Analysis of Movable-boundary Scheme
    Movable-boundary Scheme: Approximate Analysis, Underload Region
    Movable-boundary Scheme: Fluid Flow Approximate Analysis, Overload Region





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