Architecture of Network Systems


  • Dimitrios Serpanos, Professor of Computer Architecture at the Department of Electrical and Computer of the University of Patras in Patras, Greece
  • Tilman Wolf, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

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.
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Practicing engineers designing the architecture of network systems; Graduate students in computer engineering and computer science studying network system design.


Book information

  • Published: January 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-374494-4


"Designed for upper level undergraduate or graduate students in network engineering and architecture, this volume presents a comprehensive examination of major features of contemporary network systems and embedded network architectures. Topics discussed include network protocols, interconnects and switching, network adapters, bridges and routers, transport and application layer systems, QoS and security, network on chip architectures and next generation Internet architecture. Chapters include numerous illustrations and tables as well as concise summaries. Serpanos is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Petras, Greece and Wolf is a professor of computer engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst."--Book News, Reference & Research

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Networks and Network Systems

Chapter 3 Performance Requirements

Chapter 4 Interconnects and Switching Fabrics

Chapter 5 Network Adapters

Chapter 6 Bridges and L-2 Switches

Chapter 7 Routers (including software routers)

Chapter 8 Gateways

Chapter 9 Application Layer Systems--Deep Packet Inspection

Chapter 10 Quality-of-Service and Security

Chapter 11 Specialized Hardware Components I: Memory and Memory Management

Chapter 12 Specialized Hardware Components II: Network Processors

Chapter 13 Power Issues in Network Systems

Chapter 14 Networks-on-Chips and Network Systems

Chapter 15 Operating Systems for Network Systems

Chapter 16 Next-Generation Internet Systems Architecture

Appendix A: The ISO OSI Reference Model and Network Protocols