Peterson and Davie have brilliantly distilled the vast body of seemingly ad hoc knowledge that underlies the Internet architecture into a cohesive and easy-to-understand textbook. The topics are keenly relevant and are covered not just by describing how things work, but more importantly, by providing the rationale for why things were designed as they were. An excellent choice for an introductory course in computer networks that also serves as a valuable reference for the networking professional. -- Steve McCanne, FastForward Networks
This book is the best resource available to appreciate the numerous and detailed design issues underlying modern networks like the Internet. It is thorough yet concise, and many subtle and difficult issues are explained well. The second edition continues this tradition by adding and expanding on issues of intense recent interest, such as wireless access, multimedia, quality-of-service, and security. -- David G. Messerschmitt, University of California, Berkeley
About the Author
Bruce S. Davie joined Cisco Systems in 1995, where he is a Cisco Fellow. He works on the development of Quality of Service features and is actively involved in the Internet Engineering Task Force. Prior to joining Cisco, he was Chief Scientist at Bellcore and conducted research on gigabit networks.