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[techbooks] REVIEW: "Interconnections", Radia Perlman

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  • Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Tr
    BKINTRCN.RVW 991004 Interconnections , Radia Perlman, 2000, 0-201-63448-1, U$59.95/C$89.95 %A Radia Perlman radia@alum.mit.edu %C P.O. Box 520, 26 Prince
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      BKINTRCN.RVW 991004

      "Interconnections", Radia Perlman, 2000, 0-201-63448-1,
      %A Radia Perlman radia@...
      %C P.O. Box 520, 26 Prince Andrew Place, Don Mills, Ontario M3C 2T8
      %D 2000
      %G 0-201-63448-1
      %I Addison-Wesley Publishing Co.
      %O U$59.95/C$89.95 416-447-5101 fax: 416-443-0948 bkexpress@...
      %P 537 p.
      %T "Interconnections, Second Edition"

      When one delves into aspects of internetworking, one invariably comes
      across a chapter on routing and the difficulty thereof. It is usually
      at this point that the book dissolves into a maze of twisty little
      formulae and acronyms, all alike. It is, therefore, appropriate that
      bridges and routers should have a book all to themselves.

      This is a thorough examination and presentation of the concepts of,
      and problems in, the interconnection of networks. It deals primarily
      with the constructs and algorithms at what would generally be seen as
      an academic level. There is much practical information, but for the
      system designer of routers, rather than the system administrator.
      This second edition of the classic has been extended, not only in the
      addition of a number of examples and protocols, but also in conceptual
      terms, expanding to include more types of connections such as switches
      and hubs.

      The academic appearance is heightened by the presence of homework and
      exercise questions at the end of every chapter. These are not mere
      reading checks, but require some thought. A few of them even contain
      some subtle humour. For those already working in the field, these
      likely would provide a means of self-study and self-assessment.

      Topics include networking concepts, data link issues, basic bridges,
      source routing, LANs, network services, connection-oriented nets,
      connectionless service, network layer addressing, connectionless data
      packet formats, autoconfiguration and discovery, routing algorithms,
      packet forwarding, specific routing protocols, WAN (Wide Area Network)
      multicasting, and high-reliability routing. Two further chapters
      examine the questions of the bridge versus router versus switch
      decision, and protocol design folklore (abiding by the "sufficiently
      many jokes" protocol).

      This work does a thorough job of explaining a complicated and
      important part of the networking puzzle. Those who work seriously in
      the field of wide area networking should definitely have the book to
      hand. However, those who merely want a clearer understanding of this
      cluttered area of the network cloud should consider the volume as
      well: it makes clear explanations, and is remarkably readable for such
      a technical subject.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 1993, 1999 BKINTRCN.RVW 991004

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