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Interconnections: Bridges and Routers (APC) [Hardcover]

Radia Perlman
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14 Sep 1999 APC
Radia Perlman's Interconnections is recognized as a leading text on networking theory and practice. It provides authoritative and comprehensive information on general networking concepts, routing algorithms and protocols, addressing, and the mechanics of bridges, routers, switches, and hubs. This Second Edition is expanded and updated to cover the newest developments in the field, including advances in switching and bridge technology, VLANs, Fast Ethernet, DHCP, ATM, and IPv6. Additional new topics include IPX, AppleTalk, and DECnet. You will gain a deeper understanding of the range of solutions possible and find valuable information on protocols for which documentation is not readily available elsewhere. Written by the inventor of many of the algorithms that make switching and routing robust and efficient, Interconnections, Second Edition offers an expert's insight into how and why networks operate as they do. Perlman describes all of the major networking algorithms and protocols in use today in clear and concise terms, while exploring the engineering trade-offs that the different approaches represent. The book contains extensive coverage of such topics as: *The spanning tree algorithm *The differences between bridges, routers, and switches *Virtual LANs (VLANs) and Fast Ethernet *Addressing and packet formats for IP, IPv6, IPX, CLNP, AppleTalk, and DECnet *Autoconfiguration of addresses; strategies in various protocol suites *Routing protocols, including RIP, IS-IS, OSPF, PNNI, NLSP, and BGP *Layer 3 multicast protocols, including IGMP, DVMRP, MOSPF, CBT, PIM, BGMP, Simple Multicast, and Express *Sabotage-proof routing *Protocol design folklore 0201634481B04062001

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 2 edition (14 Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201634481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201634488
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 19.4 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 446,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This latest release of Interconnections is a competent update of A networking classic. Radia Perlman explains hundreds of details about getting computers--and networks of them--to talk to one another smoothly, accurately and efficiently. Perlman, inventor of the spanning-tree bridging algorithm, covers the Open Systems Interconnect (OSI) reference model, bridges, switches, hubs, Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs), plus connection-based and connectionless networks. She also does a great job of explaining the underpinnings of internetworking protocols, including packet format, addressing, routing (both generically and in terms of RIP, RTMP, OSPF and other protocols) and security. There's plenty of IPv6 information here, mostly from a theoretical vantage point.

The best parts of Perlman's approach to her subject are the little thought experiments that explain why various aspects of internetworking behave the way they do. For example, Perlman talks about Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) discovery by presenting four different hypotheses for figuring out MTU. For each possible solution, she discusses strengths, weaknesses and real-life considerations. She applies this method to dozens of other problems and phenomena, making Interconnections a very close approximation of learning by experiment. --David Wall, Amazon.com

Topics covered: Open Systems Interconnect (OSI) reference model, bridges, switches, hubs, Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) and internetworking protocols.

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Radia Perlman's Interconnections is recognized as a leading text on networking theory and practice. It provides authoritative and comprehensive information on general networking concepts, routing algorithms and protocols, addressing, and the mechanics of bridges, routers, switches, and hubs. This Second Edition is expanded and updated to cover the newest developments in the field, including advances in switching and bridge technology, VLANs, Fast Ethernet, DHCP, ATM, and IPv6. Additional new topics include IPX, AppleTalk, and DECnet. You will gain a deeper understanding of the range of solutions possible and find valuable information on protocols for which documentation is not readily available elsewhere.

Written by the inventor of many of the algorithms that make switching and routing robust and efficient, Interconnections, Second Edition offers an expert's insight into how and why networks operate as they do. Perlman describes all of the major networking algorithms and protocols in use today in clear and concise terms, while exploring the engineering trade-offs that the different approaches represent.

The book contains extensive coverage of such topics as:

  • The spanning tree algorithm
  • The differences between bridges, routers, and switches
  • Virtual LANs (VLANs) and Fast Ethernet
  • Addressing and packet formats for IP, IPv6, IPX, CLNP, AppleTalk, and DECnet
  • Autoconfiguration of addresses; strategies in various protocol suites
  • Routing protocols, including RIP, IS-IS, OSPF, PNNI, NLSP, and BGP
  • Layer 3 multicast protocols, including IGMP, DVMRP, MOSPF, CBT, PIM, BGMP, Simple Multicast, and Express
  • Sabotage-proof routing
  • Protocol design folklore


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
Phew! This book is very technical and the author certainly knows her subject inside out. The book details a huge range of protocols both old and new and describes how they're used in the real world. It goes into incredible detail and some sections are only really suited for the hardcore comms guru. If you want to know what all those protocols actually do, as well as how they've evolved over the years, then this book will give you all the information you'll need. Although the book gets a bit dry at times, this is lessened by the author's humorous and interesting asides about why certain protocols are designed the way they are (apparently the French didn't like the packet size for ATM!), as well as the kinds of debates that go on in those IEEE committees. A fascinating book for anyone with an interest in LAN and WAN technologies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I must-read for all networkers 7 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book is just great, and IMHO it should be obligatory reading for all networkers.
Radia Perlman takes you thru' many of the basic subjects (802.?, layer 3 protocols, routing protocols), including how they were born/shaped by standards comittees, and pros and cons of the different protocols.
Being the author of so many different protocols she speaks with authority, and her humorous style and very frank opinions on anything from IEEE standards to link-state protocols makes this book both easy and fun to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interconnections: Bridges and Routers (APC) 19 July 2014
By Mr. P. Harvey TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It is unusual to find a book on this subject written by a woman but Radia Perlman has done an excellent job of explaining how routers, switches, bridges and other interconnecting devices work. Most people who have broadband at home will have encountered or own either a router or a modem. Often the router also contains an integral switch although switches can be obtained as a separate device. This book describes the basic functions of these devices and it goes further by describing the protocols used by these devices to work with other devices in a network, regardless of the size of the network.

Make no mistake, this book is not for novices and a basic familiarity with the different types of networking devices is assumed.

I own a Billion Bipac 7800N router which has proven utterly reliable. However, the 7800N is a professional and highly complex piece of networking equipment with a host of features as long as my arm. For home networking and broadband use I am only using a small subset of its extensive feature list. For the most part I can forget about the other features. I have tried to get to grips with Billion's own instruction manual for the 7800N and it is heavy going even for someone with my telecommunications background. What I needed was a reference document that explained all I needed to know in order to have a chance of understanding the Billion instruction manual. I have found the 'Interconnections: Bridges and Routers (APC)' book a much easier read and hopefully it will help me bridge the gap in my understanding so that I may make better use of my router and consequently its unused features.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book that arrived just in time! 5 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover
Although of the bad weather, the book arrived in the window specified. & BTW, the only indication that this is a used book is the price ^.^
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2.0 out of 5 stars I do NOT recommend ! 29 Jan 2008
By kocur
Format:Hardcover
This book has so many great reviews (generally only 5* marks) but I am completely disappointed! Maybe it was a good book in 2000/2001 but definitely not in 2008. It it is quite outdated. It is rather boring. The author is not happy with all protocols currently in use: IP, OSPF, BGP, etc..., seems that whole world is wrong and only the author's ideas was good. Maybe it can be good book for protocol designers - Are you?
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