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Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach (4th Edition) 4th Edition

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About the Author

James Kurose teaches at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His research interests include network protocols and architecture, network measurement, sensor networks, multimedia communication, and modeling and performance evaluation. He received his PhD from Columbia University.

Keith Ross is a professor of computer science at Polytechnic University. He has worked in peer-to-peer networking, Internet measurement, video streaming, Web caching, multi-service loss networks, content distribution networks, voice over IP, optimization, queuing theory, optimal control of queues, and Markov decision processes. Professor Ross received his PhD in Computer and Control Engineering from the University of Michigan.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 880 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 4 edition (April 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321497708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321497703
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #791,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Aaron Rutledge on April 4, 2008
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"Computer Networking" by Kurose and Ross is an excellent introduction to the topic of computer networking as it relates to the largest and arguably most important network of them all: the internet. As stated in the title, the authors take a top-down approach that, in my opinion, is very well suited to CS or SE majors who are typically already familiar with aspects of the application and transport layers, but who often have had little or no training (or interest) at the physical layer. In this way Kurose's text distinguishes itself from other popular texts such as those by Stallings ("Data and Computer Communications") or Tanenbaum ("Computer Networks").

There are a total of nine chapters, the first of which paints the big picture and lays out the plan for the book. The book presents a analysis of each layer of the 5-layer TCP/IP model. The decision to use the TCP/IP model over the OSI model is appropriate considering the authors' intentions of focusing on the internet. To accomplish their goal the authors next provide chapters on the application, transport, network and data-link layers respectively. The coverage of the application and transport layers are where the book seperates itself from both Tanenbaum and (especially) Stallings. In addition to providing the theory Kurose and Ross also inject practical demonstrations such as introducing the reader to socket programming in Java. The coverage of the network and datalink layers is somewhat more standard, but still very good and complete. Following these are chapters on wireless and mobile networks, multi-media networking, network security, and a small chapter on network management. Coverage of the physical layer is spread throughout all of the chapters in the book and presented on a "need-to-know" basis.
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This book is a thoroughly enjoyable learning experience!!! I bought this book before Christmas out of curiosity and out of a potential need to learn more about computer networking and brush up on it when asked about it on a technical interview.

Since I already had certified as a Java Enterprise Architect, which required knowledge of Java 2 Network Security and protocols such as HTTP, HTTPS, IIOP, JRMP, I had some limited, specialized knowledge of network protocols. However, this book really gave me much more background on the Internet than I had anticipated and it broadened my perspective about future technology developments, which will probably continue to be born out of the Internet. Should it be no surprise that a language such as Java, which started out as a network programming language has become much more than that? No doubt the Internet has proven to be much larger of an influence in the world than ever expected. For example, years ago I remember reading about the seven-layer ISO OSI reference model using in data communications in telecommunications. This book made it clear that this has all been compacted into a five-layer Internet protocol stack. Something arcane and mystical has been simplified and is very public domain.

This book covers the five-layer protocol stack: Application Layer, Transport Layer, Network Layer, Link Layer, and Physical Layer. I thought I might be turned off by some of the geeky topics in the network protocols, but instead I found them quite tasty too and I gobbled up the whole book.
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The text is great. It is easy to read and follow. It gives clear explanations of the TCP/IP stack and various other protocols. The chapters are really long though. The problem is the questions are very hard compared to the text. It's like they pick the hardest part of the text and make it even harder. There are no questions like "What does this term mean". It's mostly math and calculations. And of course many teachers just use whatever questions are in the book without thinking...
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By ryan on January 28, 2012
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This is.a pretty decent text. The concepts are laid out well and analogies are a big help in relating how the concepts work to everyday experiences. The only drawback is that there are often no worked through examples for equations, and the end of chapter questions relate to concepts that are not described in depth enough in the chapters to allow for the question to be answered clearly, if at all.
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By M. Kaz on February 5, 2011
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Fairly detailed, fairly well written, fairly insightful. I'm using it for class (still am, actually) and I feel like it gives you enough of what you need for details without compromising the big picture. The "top-down" approach works fantastically too - it's like unwrapping the web in front of you.
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It was pleasure to read this book, i learned much about the Internet from it. Starting from basics, covering five layer ISO/OSI model, to Wireless, Multimedia Networking, Security and Network Management, i noticed many references to other IT-related topics.
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This is the best book for a novice and goes upto graduate level courses. This book answers so many questions being asked in job interviews of big companies.
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