Gigabit Networking, 1st edition

  • Craig Partridge

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We are fast entering the age of gigabit networking, where information is passed along wide area and local area networks at speeds surpassing one billion bits per second. With improvements in fiber optic signalling and the development of inexpensive high-performance computers, both the capability and the demand for gigabit networking are here.

As a networking professional who needs to prepare for the immediate future of computer networking, you will find Gigabit Networking a fascinating and practical look at the advances that are making high-speed networking a reality. Key technologies, important protocols, applications, and the practical issues involved in implementing gigabit networks are all addressed. The book covers in detail such topics as:

  • Fiber optics (written for non-engineers)

  • Cell and non-cell networking, including Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM)

  • Exciting applications that utilize gigabit networking

  • Integrating gigabit networking into existing systems

  • Adapting today's protocols for gigabit networking

In addition to the current status of the technology, Gigabit Networking looks ahead to the ongoing research that will shape the future of gigabit networking.

This important book will bring you up to date on the state of gigabit networking, and will give you the knowledge you need to launch yourself into the age of truly high-speed networking.

"'Gigabit Networks by Craig Partridge is an excellent resource on networks performance issues and talks in detail about microkernal designs.' As you can see the reviewer referenced this book by Prentice Hall by mistake - there will be a correction in an upcoming issue."
-Unix Review

"The discussion on ATM cell networking, for instance, is excellent. Partridge (Gigabit Networking) clearly has a good grasp of this subject (and I hope he'll write more on ATMs in the future.)"
-Dr. Dobb's Developer Update

"I would recommend this book (Gigabit Networking) to everybody who is interested in computer networks."
-Computing Reviews


Table of contents

(All chapters, except Chapters 1, 15 and 16, conclude with a Summary.)


1. An Introduction to Gigabit Networking.

Change in the Wind.

What is Changing?

Rules of the Road.

What Follows this Chapter.

2. Fiber Optics.


Essentials of Fiber Optics.

Transmitters and Receivers.

An Example of Fiber Optic Signalling: SONET.

Another Example: WDM Networks.

Other Media.

3. An Introduction to Cell Networking.


What Is a Cell?

Fragmenting Data into Cells.

Why Cells?

Cell Routing.

Adaptation Layer Protocols.

Cell Error Recovery.

4. Asynchronous Transfer Mode.


ATM Inside the Telephone Networks.

ATM Conceptual Model.

ATM Cell Format.

ATM Cell Header at the NNI.

ATM at the User-Network Interface.

Adaptation Layers.

Signalling an ATM Connection.

Putting the ATM Bits on the Wire.

Issues in ATM.

5. Wide Area Cell Networking.



The Canonical Cell Switch.

Buffering Strategies.

Crossbar Switches.

Batcher-Banyan Switches.

Input Buffering Revisited.

An Optical Cell Switch.

The Cost of Port Controllers.

6. Local Area Cell Networks.


Shared Media Cell Networks.

Local Area Switching Technologies.

7. Gigabit Packet Networks.

Issues in Packet Network Design.

Local Area Packet Technologies.

Wide Area Packet Technologies.

8. Gigabit Applications.


Classic Applications.

New Applications.

New Computing Applications.

Applications with Humans in the Loop.

The Impact of New Applications.

9. Making Hosts Ready for Gigabit Networks.


The Model Machine.

The Costs of Moving Data.

Reducing Memory Copy Costs.

Other Processor-Memory Interactions.

Multiprocessor Architectures.

What about Cells?

A Summary of System Performance Issues.

Support for Real-Time Applications.

10. Today’s Internetworking Protocols.


Gigabit Speeds and Today’s Protocols.

Architecture of TCP/IP.

Techniques for Going Fast.

Limitations of Today’s Protocols.

Converging on the Shape of Gigabit Protocols.

11. Traffic Shaping.


Why Shape Traffic?

Isochronous Shaping.

Isochronous Shaping with Priority Schemes.

Shaping Bursty Traffic Patterns.

12. Performance Guarantees.


Terminology and Issues.

Statistical Multiplexing.

Weighted Fair Queueing.

Jitter Control Schemes.

Statistical Multiplexing Revisited.

13. Flow Setup and Routing.

Remaining Problems.

The Host’s Role in Flow Setup.

Protocols to Establish a Flow.


14. Distributed Systems.


Distributed Systems Today.

Alternative Approaches to Distributed Systems.

Enhancing Distributed Services.


15. The State of Gigabit Networking.


Putting the Pieces Together.

Lingering Problems.

Unaddressed Problems.

After Gigabits, Terabits?

Final Thoughts.

16. Where to Learn More.


Testbeds and Research Programs.

Conferences and Journals.

Getting Items in the Bibliography.


Index. 0201563339T04062001

Published by Addison-Wesley Professional (October 30th 1993) - Copyright © 1994