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Computer Networks, 5th Edition by Bruce S. Davie, Larry L. Peterson

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1. Foundation
I must Create a System, or be enslav'd by another Man's; I will not Reason and Compare: my business is to Create.
–William Blake
Problem
Building a Network
Suppose you want to build a computer network, one that has the potential to grow to global proportions and to support applications as diverse as teleconferencing, video on demand, electronic commerce, distributed computing, and digital libraries. What available technologies would serve as the underlying building blocks, and what kind of software architecture would you design to integrate these building blocks into an effective communication service? Answering this question is the overriding goal of this book—to describe the available building materials and then to show how ...

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