© 2010

Guide to Reliable Internet Services and Applications

  • Charles R. Kalmanek
  • Sudip Misra
  • Yang (Richard) Yang
  • Comprehensive coverage on all aspects of reliability and fault tolerance in networks is presented

  • Chapters are written by leading experts from both academia and industry

  • A number of questions accompany each topic to enable self-assessment


Part of the Computer Communications and Networks book series (CCN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Introduction and Reliable Network Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Robert D. Doverspike, K. K. Ramakrishnan, Chris Chase
      Pages 19-93
  3. Reliability Modeling and Network Planning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 96-96
    2. Kostas N. Oikonomou
      Pages 113-135
    3. Matthew Roughan
      Pages 137-177
  4. Interdomain Reliability and Overlay Networks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 180-180
    2. Feng Wang, Lixin Gao
      Pages 181-220
    3. Bobby Bhattacharjee, Michael Rabinovich
      Pages 221-251
  5. Configuration Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 254-254
    2. Brian D. Freeman
      Pages 255-275
    3. Sanjai Narain, Rajesh Talpade, Gary Levin
      Pages 277-316
  6. Network Measurement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 318-318
    2. Nick Duffield, Al Morton
      Pages 319-355
    3. Lee Breslau, Aman Shaikh
      Pages 357-394
  7. Network and Security Management, and Disaster Preparedness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 396-396
    2. Brian Rexroad, Jacobus Van der Merwe
      Pages 447-515

About this book


The Internet is a critical infrastructure supporting our information-based society. Our dependence on this infrastructure is similar to our dependence on the world's power grids and global transportation systems. Failures of the network infrastructure or major applications running on it can have an enormous financial and social cost, with serious consequences to the organizations and consumers that depend on these services.

Supporting reliable networks and networked application services involves some of the most complex engineering and operational challenges that are dealt with in any industry. This unique and valuable guide addresses the challenges faced by service providers and the approaches they use to deliver reliable services to their users. The book offers a systematic, inter-disciplinary approach and coverage of practical problems arising in real, operational deployments. Leading practitioners and researchers present their unique perspectives on the subject matter, and provide "best practices" to help translate ideas into practice.

Topics and features:

  • Introduces the challenges of building reliable networks and services, presenting an overview of the structure of a large ISP backbone network
  • Examines network reliability modeling and network planning, covering router elements and their failure modes, and providing a theoretical grounding in performance and reliability modeling
  • Investigates inter-domain reliability and overlay networks, presenting existing solutions and possible future research directions, and reviewing how overlay applications can increase network resilience
  • Explores the critical function of network configuration management, and considers auditing from the perspective of bottom-up, network-wide configuration validation
  • Discusses network measurement, with a focus on reliability and performance monitoring, covering both data-plane and control-plane measurements
  • Covers network management systems and the tasks involved in supporting day-to-day operations of an IP network, including fault diagnosis, trouble-shooting, security management, and disaster recovery
  • Presents an approach to the design and development of reliable network application software, and provides a comprehensive overview of server capacity and performance engineering

This comprehensive text/reference on reliable Internet services and applications is suitable for an advanced undergraduate or graduate course, and will be of value to researchers seeking to understand the challenges faced by service providers and to identify areas that are ripe for research. The guidebook will be particularly useful to practitioners who want to broaden their understanding of the field, and/or to deepen their knowledge of the fundamentals.

Charles R. Kalmanek is Vice President of Networking and Services Research in AT&T Labs. Dr. Sudip Misra is an Assistant Professor at the School of IT, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. Dr. Y. Richard Yang is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Yale University.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Charles R. Kalmanek
    • 1
  • Sudip Misra
    • 2
  • Yang (Richard) Yang
    • 3
  1. 1.AT & T Labs ResearchFlorham ParkUSA
  2. 2., School of Information TechnologyIndian Institute of Technology KharagpurKharagpurIndia
  3. 3.Dept. Computer ScienceYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Guide to Reliable Internet Services and Applications
  • Editors Charles R. Kalmanek
    Sudip Misra
    Yang (Richard) Yang
  • Series Title Computer Communications and Networks
  • Series Abbreviated Title Computer Communications,Networks
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Computer Science Computer Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-84882-827-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4471-2554-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-84882-828-5
  • Series ISSN 1617-7975
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 644
  • Number of Illustrations 168 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Computer Communication Networks
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