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Data and Computer Communications, Eighth Edition offers a clear, comprehensive, and unified view of the entire fields of data communications, networking, and protocols. William Stallings organizes this massive subject into small, comprehensible elements, building a complete survey of the state-of-the-art, one piece at a time. Stallings has substantially revised this international best-seller to reflect today's latest innovations, from WiFi and 10 Gbps Ethernet to advanced congestion control and IP performance metrics.
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Provides a survey of the field of data communications and a tutorial on network technologies, encompassing the full range of data and computer communications from the physical layer to Internet applications protocols. Contains sections on data communications, WANs, LANs, and communication architecture and protocols, with chapter problems. Internet services for students and instructors are available. This fifth edition offers expanded and new material in areas including security, ATM, and TCP/IP. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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“Since most of the students in my classes are from a computer science background, teaching them the hardware and frequency domains issues is a challenge. This book [Stallings] does an excellent job in covering those topics.” — Murat Yuksel, University of Nevada

“The textbook I have been using does not really do justice to the data communication core topics and I am impressed the comprehensive section provided on this topic in the Stallings text.” — Jean-Claude Franchitti, New York University

“I am very impressed with both the breadth and the depth of coverage of the topics included. They meet the needs of practical laboratory assignments for a senior computer science networking class quite well.” — John Doyle, Indiana University, Southeast

“I have a combination of both students who have a background in computer networks and those who have never taken a course in computer networks. All would find this book [Stallings] very useful and excellent.” — Mike Kain, Drexel University

“It [Stallings] is at least at peer — if not on top — of the best textbooks I have used in networking and beyond.” — Xiaobo Zhou, University of Colorado — Colorado Springs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132172172
  • Publisher: Pearson Custom Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010

Meet the Author


William Stallings has made a unique contribution to understanding the broad sweep of technical developments in computer networking and computer architecture. He has authored 15 titles, and counting revised editions, a total of 33 books on various aspects of these subjects. Currently he is an independent consultant whose clients have included computer and networking manufacturers and customers, software development firms, and leading-edge government research institutions. Dr. Stallings holds a PhD from M.I.T. in Computer Science and a B.S. from Notre Dame in electrical engineering. Dr. Stallings is a frequent lecturer and author of numerous technical papers.
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PREFACE:

Preface

Objectives

This book attempts to provide a unified overview of the broad field of data and computer communications. The organization of the book reflects an attempt to break this massive subject into comprehensible parts and to build, piece by piece, a survey of the state of the art. The book emphasizes basic principles and topics of fundamental importance concerning the technology and architecture of this field and provides a detailed discussion of leading-edge topics.

The following basic themes serve to unify the discussion:

  • Principles: Although the scope of this book is broad, there are a number of basic principles that appear repeatedly as themes and that unify this field. Examples are multiplexing, flow control, and error control. The book highlights these principles and contrasts their application in specific areas of technology.
  • Design approaches: The book examines alternative approaches to meeting specific communication requirements.
  • Standards: Standards have come to assume an increasingly important, indeed dominant, role in this field. An understanding of the current status and future direction requires a comprehensive discussion of the related standards.

Plan of the Text

The book is divided into five parts:

  • I. Overview: Provides an introduction to the range of topics covered in the book. In addition, this part includes a discussion of protocols, OSI, and the TCP/IP protocol suite.
  • II. Data Communications: Concerned primarily with the exchange of data between two directly connecteddevices. Within this restricted scope, the key aspects of transmission, interfacing, link control, and multiplexing are examined.
  • III. Wide Area Networks: Examines the internal mechanisms and user-network interfaces that have been developed to support voice, data, and multimedia communications over long-distance networks. The traditional technologies of packet switching and circuit switching are examined, as well as the more recent ATM. A separate chapter is devoted to congestion control issues.
  • IV. Local Area Networks: Explores the technologies and architectures that have been developed for networking over shorter distances. The transmission media, topologies, and medium access control protocols that are the key ingredients of a LAN design are explored and specific standardized LAN systems examined.
  • V. Networking Protocols: Explores both the architectural principles and the mechanisms required for the exchange of data among computers, workstations, servers, and other data processing devices. Much of the material in this part relates to the TCP/IP protocol suite.

In addition, the book includes an extensive glossary, a list of frequently used acronyms, and a bibliography. Each chapter includes problems and suggestions for further reading.

The book is intended for both an academic and a professional audience. For the professional interested in this field, the book serves as a basic reference volume and is suitable for self-study. As a textbook, it can be used for a one-semester or two-semester course. It covers the material in the Computer Communication Networks course of the joint ACM/IEEE Computing Curricula 1991. The chapters and parts of the book are sufficiently modular to provide a great deal of flexibility in the design of courses. The following are suggestions for course design:

  • Fundamentals of Data Communications: Parts One (overview) and Two (data communications) and Chapters 9 through 11 (circuit switching, packet switching, and ATM).
  • Communications Networks: If the student has a basic background in data communications, then this course could cover Parts One (overview), Three (WAN), and Four (LAN).
  • Computer Networks: If the student has a basic background in data communications, then this course could cover Part One (overview), Chapters 6 and 7 (data communication interface and data link control), and Part Five (protocols).

In addition, a more streamlined course that covers the entire book is possible by eliminating certain chapters that are not essential on a first reading. Chapters that could be optional are Chapters 3 (data transmission) and 4 (transmission media), if the student has a basic understanding of these topics; Chapter 8 (multiplexing); Chapter 9 (circuit switching); Chapter 12 (congestion control); Chapter 16 (internetworking); and Chapter 18 (network security).

Internet Services for Instructors and Students

There is a Web site for this book that provides support for students and instructors. The site includes links to relevant sites, transparency masters of figures in the book, and sign-up information for the book's Internet mailing list. The Web page is at ...

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Data communications, data networking, and the Internet 10
Ch. 2 Protocol architecture, TCP/IP, and Internet-based applications 32
Ch. 3 Data transmission 65
Ch. 4 Transmission media 102
Ch. 5 Signal encoding techniques 138
Ch. 6 Digital data communication techniques 180
Ch. 7 Data link control protocols 207
Ch. 8 Multiplexing 239
Ch. 9 Spread spectrum 274
Ch. 10 Circuit switching and packet switching 297
Ch. 11 Asynchronous transfer mode 328
Ch. 12 Routing in switched networks 351
Ch. 13 Congestion control in data networks 377
Ch. 14 Cellular wireless networks 413
Ch. 15 Local area network overview 446
Ch. 16 High-speed LANs 482
Ch. 17 Wireless LANs 522
Ch. 18 Internetwork protocols 556
Ch. 19 Internetwork operation 603
Ch. 20 Transport protocols 655
Ch. 21 Network security 701
Ch. 22 Internet applications - electronic mail and network management 743
Ch. 23 Internet applications - Internet directory service and World Wide Web 773
Ch. 24 Internet applications - multimedia 799
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Preface

PREFACE:

Preface

Objectives

This book attempts to provide a unified overview of the broad field of data and computer communications. The organization of the book reflects an attempt to break this massive subject into comprehensible parts and to build, piece by piece, a survey of the state of the art. The book emphasizes basic principles and topics of fundamental importance concerning the technology and architecture of this field and provides a detailed discussion of leading-edge topics.

The following basic themes serve to unify the discussion:

  • Principles: Although the scope of this book is broad, there are a number of basic principles that appear repeatedly as themes and that unify this field. Examples are multiplexing, flow control, and error control. The book highlights these principles and contrasts their application in specific areas of technology.
  • Design approaches: The book examines alternative approaches to meeting specific communication requirements.
  • Standards: Standards have come to assume an increasingly important, indeed dominant, role in this field. An understanding of the current status and future direction requires a comprehensive discussion of the related standards.

Plan of the Text

The book is divided into five parts:

  • I. Overview: Provides an introduction to the range of topics covered in the book. In addition, this part includes a discussion of protocols, OSI, and the TCP/IP protocol suite.
  • II. Data Communications: Concerned primarily with the exchange of data between two directlyconnecteddevices. Within this restricted scope, the key aspects of transmission, interfacing, link control, and multiplexing are examined.
  • III. Wide Area Networks: Examines the internal mechanisms and user-network interfaces that have been developed to support voice, data, and multimedia communications over long-distance networks. The traditional technologies of packet switching and circuit switching are examined, as well as the more recent ATM. A separate chapter is devoted to congestion control issues.
  • IV. Local Area Networks: Explores the technologies and architectures that have been developed for networking over shorter distances. The transmission media, topologies, and medium access control protocols that are the key ingredients of a LAN design are explored and specific standardized LAN systems examined.
  • V. Networking Protocols: Explores both the architectural principles and the mechanisms required for the exchange of data among computers, workstations, servers, and other data processing devices. Much of the material in this part relates to the TCP/IP protocol suite.

In addition, the book includes an extensive glossary, a list of frequently used acronyms, and a bibliography. Each chapter includes problems and suggestions for further reading.

The book is intended for both an academic and a professional audience. For the professional interested in this field, the book serves as a basic reference volume and is suitable for self-study. As a textbook, it can be used for a one-semester or two-semester course. It covers the material in the Computer Communication Networks course of the joint ACM/IEEE Computing Curricula 1991. The chapters and parts of the book are sufficiently modular to provide a great deal of flexibility in the design of courses. The following are suggestions for course design:

  • Fundamentals of Data Communications: Parts One (overview) and Two (data communications) and Chapters 9 through 11 (circuit switching, packet switching, and ATM).
  • Communications Networks: If the student has a basic background in data communications, then this course could cover Parts One (overview), Three (WAN), and Four (LAN).
  • Computer Networks: If the student has a basic background in data communications, then this course could cover Part One (overview), Chapters 6 and 7 (data communication interface and data link control), and Part Five (protocols).

In addition, a more streamlined course that covers the entire book is possible by eliminating certain chapters that are not essential on a first reading. Chapters that could be optional are Chapters 3 (data transmission) and 4 (transmission media), if the student has a basic understanding of these topics; Chapter 8 (multiplexing); Chapter 9 (circuit switching); Chapter 12 (congestion control); Chapter 16 (internetworking); and Chapter 18 (network security).

Internet Services for Instructors and Students

There is a Web site for this book that provides support for students and instructors. The site includes links to relevant sites, transparency masters of figures in the book, and sign-up information for the book's Internet mailing list. The Web page is at ...

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