The end of a matter is better than its beginning.
— ECCLESIASTES, THE BIBLE
We began the book by setting up the rules of the network algorithmics game. The second part of the book dealt with server implementations and the third part with router implementations. The fourth and last part of the book dealt with current and future issues in measurement and security.
The book covers a large number of specific techniques and a variety of settings — there are techniques for fast server design versus techniques for fast routers, techniques specific to operating systems versus techniques specific to hardware. While all these topics are part of the spectrum of network algorithmics, there is a risk that the material can appear to degenerate ...