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Computer Networking Problems and Solutions by Ethan Banks, Russ White

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PART IThe Data Plane

To begin, the primary job of a network is to carry data from one attached host to another. This might appear to be simple at first glance, but it is actually fraught with problems. An illustration might be helpful here; Figure PI-1 is used to illustrate the complexity.

A block diagram represents the data plane problem space.

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