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We will be following the order of presentation in the book for the most
part. The book is organized as a series of engineering problems
and a spectrum of solutions to each. The problems include:
- Chapter 1:
- What are the fundamental capabilities of a network,
and what behavior do we expect from a network?
- Chapter 2:
- How can we get data from one machine to another?
- Chapter 3:
- How can we move data on networks without direct connection
between communicating hosts?
- Chapter 4:
- How do we handle heterogeneous internets?
- Chapter 5:
- How do we get processes to talk to each other?
- Chapter 6:
- How can we allocate network resources to competing
- Chapter 7:
- How do we communicate about the semantics of data
- Chapter 8:
- How do we protect privacy, verify authentication,
and preserve the integrity of data?
- Chapter 9:
- How do we handle applications with special requirements?
We will not get through all of these topics. I intend to focus on
lower-level issues (Chapters 2 through 6) because they represent
material that is not usually visible to users and programmers. The
higher-level material is more easily accessible from other sources.
Fri Sep 8 09:38:40 EDT 2000