Architecture of Network Systems

Dimitrios Serpanos, Tilman Wolf

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Network systems require technical skills in computer architecture, design methodologies, algorithm design, and networking. Architecture of Network Systems explains the practice and methodologies that will allow you to solve a broad range of problems in system design, including problems related to security, quality of service, performance, manageability, and more. Leading researchers Dimitrios Serpanos and Tilman Wolf develop architectures for all network sub-systems, bridging the gap between operation and VLSI. Discussing the major challenges in the design of networks and the architectures that have been developed, Serpanos and Wolf provide a systematic treatment of network architectures, from the basics to advanced topics. This is the first book to provide comprehensive coverage of the technical aspects of network systems, including processing systems, hardware technologies, memory managers, software routers, and more. Develops a systematic approach to network architectures, based on the OSI reference model, that is useful for practitioners at every level. Covers both the important basics and cutting-edge topics in network systems architecture, including Quality of Service and Security for mobile, real-time P2P services, Low-Power Requirements for Mobile Systems, and next generation Internet systems. If you've ever run a forced-hot air heating system, it's not too hard to understand by analogy the basics of Network Systems. Of course, your heating system needs a humidifier attached to it, but the humidifier in a state-of-the-art HVAC system only operates when the central processor determines it's necessary, given information needed to calculate indoor relative humidity from the indoor thermostat, humidistat, and outdoor thermometer. Network systems are network-attached, computational systems that receive, process and transmit data packets. The advances in high speed transmission technologies require high-speed link attachments that are able not only to receive and transmit data at high speed but subsystems that store and process packets as well, at speeds that are equivalent to the link speeds. The architecture of network systems, i.e. adapters, switches, bridges, routers, etc., constitutes a new technical area that requires skills in computer architecture, design methodologies, algorithm design and networking. As an emerging field, the architecture of network systems enables a systematic approach for the definition and development of network systems, analogous to that of computing systems. This book addresses the need for a systematic treatment of the technical aspects of network systems architecture. Bridges the gap between network operation and VLSI, providing professionals with structured approach to solving problems currently handled on an ad-hoc basis Comprehensive coverage of practice and methodologies from two renowned authors Develops a systematic approach to Network Architectures, based on the OSI reference model Covers the necessary basics of Network Systems Architecture, followed by leading-edge topics such as Quality of Service and Security for mobile, real-time P2P services, and Low-Power Requirements for Mobile Systems. Combines principles from computer architecture, algorithms and networking into a set of practices and methodologies to improve performance, scalability, security, and power efficiency in network system design. A systematic approach to the technical aspects of network architectures.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherElsevier Inc.
ISBN (Print)9780123744944
Publication statusPublished - 2011


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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Serpanos, D., & Wolf, T. (2011). Architecture of Network Systems. Elsevier Inc.