Presents a novel management framework, referred to as the Measurement-Estimation-SchedulingActuation (or MESA) model. This is not a book about network management...but rather a book about management in networking. DLC: Computer network protocols.
This book presents a novel management framework, which I refer to as the Measurement-Estimation-Scheduling-Actuation (or MESA) model. This is derived from the control and queueing theory; and applies it to various aspects of computer communications, from modulation and coding theory to routing protocols and topology reconstruction.
Why a new approach to the subject? After all, the Internet and its underlying technologies and protocols are doing quite nicely, thank you. Likewise there is no shortage of well-written, current books on networking and communications. The short answer is that this is the book that I wish were available when I first started working for IBM on network management architecture in 1984. I believe it clearly details the tasks executed in computer networks, the large majority of which are in some sense management tasks. It derives from first principles a model of management in general and of management in computer networks in particular that is comprehensive, that is not tied to any particular protocol architecture, and that helps identify the basic elements of management that recur at different layers of the protocol stack.