Introduction

The Internet, an upstart academic experiment in the late 1960s, struggles with identity and success today. From the ARPANET to the NSFnet to ANYBODYSNET, the Internet is no longer owned by a single entity; it is owned by anybody who can afford to buy space on it. Tens of millions of users are seeking connectivity, and tens of thousands of companies are feeling left out if they do not tap into the Internet. This has put network designers and administrators under a lot of pressure to keep up with networking and connectivity needs. Understanding networking, and especially routing, has become a necessity.

Some people are surprised when networks fail and melt down, but others are surprised when they don't. This seems to be the case ...

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