Computer Networks ISE (5th ed)

Larry L. Peterson and Bruce S. Davie

Published by

Morgan Kaufman

ISBN

9780123851383

RRP

£45.99

Reviewed by

Nick Dunn MBCS CITP

Score

8 out of 10

Computer Networks ISE (5th ed)First published in 1996, this classic textbook has undergone major revisions over the years to keep abreast of current technological developments. The book aims to provide the reader with a foundation in computer networks and to act as a textbook for a university level networks course.

It boasts two highly respected and knowledgeable authors, one of whom is professor of science at Princeton University. As such it concentrates heavily on theory, covering general principles and concepts as much as practical issues such as resilience, scalability and reliability.

The reader is taken through the theory and principles of network architectures and protocols, such as the TCP/IP and OSI models before moving on to more practical issues of design and maintenance including scalability, congestion control, resource allocation and security.

Starting with underlying concepts, the authors look at the general purposes and various types of computer network before discussing network architecture and the TCP/IP and OSI models. Following this we learn about internetworking, routing and protocols, before moving on to congestion control, resource allocation, security and network applications.

The thoroughness of the book cannot be faulted and the readable, accessible style is further enhanced by useful diagrams and boxed summaries throughout the text, along with exercises to check the reader’s understanding.

Anyone hoping for a crash course in the subject or to learn over a few weekends should be warned that the book is 800 pages long with several pages of exercises at the end of each chapter. As such working through the volume from end-to-end is likely to be a serious undertaking.

A computer network professional who is looking for a useful desktop resource may wish to look at some of the cheaper options, such as the excellent O’Reilly books, which cover the practical aspects more thoroughly at the expense of the theory.

In fairness, however, the book is not aimed at this audience and serves the beginner, student or trainer very well, providing a comprehensive course and excellent source of reference.

Further Information: Morgan Kaufman

August 2011