Useful Web Sites
Computer Science Student Resource Site: Help and advice for the long-suffering, overworked student.
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Recommended Reading: Organized by chapter.
Chapter 0 - Reader’s Guide
Network World: Information and links to resources about data communications and networking.
Network Computing: Articles from magazine available plus pointers to advertisers.
IT Professional: Includes career resources and links related to information technology.
Computing Now: A Web site of the IEEE Computer Society. The site features the latest computer news, bloggers, practical articles for daily use, a wide range of articles from peer-reviewed research to opinions by leaders in the computer industry.
ACM Networker: Includes on-line copies of magazine articles.
Enterprise Technology News and Reviews: Articles, white papers, product reviews, Webcasts, and much more about a wide range of enterprise infrastructure technologies and solutions.
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Standards: Variety of information on standards and standards bodies, provided by the IEEE Standards in Education Task Force.
No Jitter: Oriented toward the business user, this site integrates data and voice communications topics well. The site focuses on unified communications, convergence, and IP communications.
ZDNet: A rich collection of material on business and information technology, including white papers, computer magazine articles, news, blogs, and case studies.
Internetworking Technology Handbook: An excellent survey of many technical topics related to networking and telecommunications. Published online by Cisco.
NIST Information Technology Laboratory: The ITL provides reports and other useful information and links in the areas of networking, computer security, software and more. Includes the Cloud Computing Program.
NITRD: The Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program provides a framework in which many Federal agencies come together to coordinate their networking and information technology (IT) research and development (R&D) efforts. This site contains a number of useful reports.
ComputerWorld IT Topic Center: Wide range of material, including news, white papers, career center, in-depth reports, etc.
Datamation: Includes news and reports on subjects such as IT management, cloud computing, networking, and data center.
Telecomms History: Provides a useful historical perspective.
CIO Magazine: Excellent source of news, articles, white papers, blogs, videos, newsletters, and other information related to business and technology alignment and trends.
Information Week: Very rich source of news, commentary, videos, slideshows, etc. related to a wide range of topics centered on the business value of technology.
Mobile Enterprise: Excellent source of news, reports, white papers, product reviews and buyers’ guides for wireless solutions for enterprise networks.
TelePresence: These Cisco Web pages provide an ample array of information about telepresence technologies and their business benefits. This is a good place to learn more about the evolution of video teleconferencing technologies and applications.
Unified Communications Community: Good source of UC white papers and recent articles.
Unified Communications Research Center: Includes newsletters, white papers, articles, case studies, and Webcasts.
Chapter 2 - Business Information
Data-Compression.com: Includes links to papers and books on data compression as well as source code for many well-known data compression schemes.
Web Traffic Monitor: Akamai monitors global Internet conditions in real time. This site enables visitors to identify geographic areas with the most Web traffic, cities with the slowest Web connections, and global regions with the greatest attack traffic.
Chapter 3 - Distributed Data Processing
Big Data in the Enterprise: These IBM Web pages provide a good overview of big data and how it is being used by businesses.
SAP Insider: An online version of SAP Insider magazine that also includes special reports, technical columns, white papers, Webinars, and other resources related to enterprise systems, business intelligence, and business network transformation.
Chapter 4 - Data Transmission
Siemon Company: Good collection of technical articles on cabling, plus information about cabling standards.
Guide to Fiber Optics and Premises Cabling: From the Fiber Optics Association. A tremendous amount of technical material.
Wireless Developer Network: News, tutorials, and discussions on wireless topics
Chapter 5 - Data Communication Fundamentals
Chapter 6 - Data Link Control and Multiplexing
SONET: SONET Interoperability Forum site. Discusses current projects and technology.
Wavelength Division Multiplexing: This Web site provides a good overview of WDM and includes links to Fiber Optics Association Web pages that serve as portals for a wide range of other fiber optic communications topics.
Chapter 7 - The Internet
The Living Internet: Provides comprehensive and in-depth information about the history of the Internet, plus links to numerous other relevant sites.
CAIDA: The Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis, provides tools and analyses promoting the engineering and maintenance of a robust, scalable global Internet infrastructure.
Chapter 8 - TCP/IP
IPv6 Forum: An industry consortium that promotes IPv6-related products. Includes a number of white papers and articles.
Global IPv6 Deployment Progress Report: This site provides metrics for global IPv6 deployment. These statistics are updated daily.
OSI History: A brief history of the origins of the OSI model.
Chapter 9 - Client/Server and Intranet Computing
SQL Standards: A central source of information about the SQL standards process and its current documents.
IEEE Cloud Computing Technical Community: Intended to facilitate knowledge-sharing and collaboration. Includes collection of useful articles.
NIST CLoud Computing Program:Useful information, links, and documents.
Chapter 10 - Internet-Based Applications
World Wide Web Consortium: Contains up-to-date information on HTTP, HTML, and URLs.
HTTP bis Working Group: Chartered by IETF to make minor revisions to HTTP and to document security issues. The Web site includes all relevant RFCs and Internet drafts.
SIP Forum: Nonprofit organization to promote SIP. Site contains product information, white papers, and other useful information and links.
Chapter 11 - Internet Operation
IP Performance Metrics Working Group: Chartered by IETF to develop a set of standard metrics that can be applied to the quality, performance, and reliability of Internet data delivery services.The web site includes all relevant RFCs and Internet drafts.
Inter-Domain Routing Working Group: Chartered by IETF to revise BGP and related standards. The web site includes all relevant RFCs and Internet drafts.
OSPF Working Group: Chartered by IETF to develop OSPF and related standards. The web site includes all relevant RFCs and Internet drafts.
Chapter 12 - LAN Architecture and Protocols
IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee: Status and documents for all of the working groups.
The Fiber Optic Association – Tech Topics: This site includes links to numerous Web sites, technical papers, instructional videos, teaching labs, and other content related to fiber optics.
Chapter 13 - Ethernet and Fibre Channel
LAN Interoperability Lab: University of New Hampshire (equipment testing for ATM, FDDI, Fast Ethernet, FDSE, Ethernet, OSPF, Network Management (SNMP), Token Ring, VG-AnyLAN).
Ethernet: Provides general Ethernet information, technical specifications, an Ethernet reading list, and an image of inventor Robert Metcalf's original 1976 Ethernet drawing.
Ethernet Alliance: This consortium promotes Ethernet technology and products. Site includes numerous white papers.
Metro Ethernet Forum: This consortium promotes the use of Ethernet for metropolitan and wide area applications, especially Carrier Ethernet for wide-area telecommunications. Site includes numerous white papers.
Fibre Channel Industry Association: An industry consortium.
Storage Network Industry Association: An industry forum of developers, integrators, and IT professionals who evolve and promote storage networking technology and solutions.
Power over Ethernet (PoE): This site is a good source of PoE news, articles, and PoE (IEEE 802.3af) and PoE+ (IEEE 802.3at) product reviews.
HomePlug Alliance: This consortium promotes the use of Ethernet over electric power lines in home and office environments. Site includes white papers and technical specifications.
Chapter 14 - Wireless LANs
Certified Wireless Network Professional: White papers, links, and other resources related to WiFi.
IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN Working Group: Contains working group documents plus discussion archives
Wi-Fi Alliance: An industry group promoting the interoperabiltiy of 802.11 products with each other and with Ethernet.
Bluetooth SIG: Contains all the standards, numerous other documents, and news and information on Bluetooth companies and products.
Li-Fi Consortium: Li-Fi is a fast, inexpensive optical wireless communication system that may be useful as an alternative to Wi-Fi in some environments and for some requirements.
Chapter 15 - WAN Technology and Protocols
IP Multimedia Subsystems Forum: News, technical information, and vendor information on Voice over IP and softswitch technology and products.
Chapter 16 - WAN Services
Cisco’s Guide to ATM Technology: An excellent survey of many technical topics related to ATM.
Carrier Ethernet News: This online forum provides current articles, Metro Ethernet market data, videos, and webinars on a wide variety of carrier Ethernet topics.
MPLS-VPLS Resource Center: Provides links to IETF Working Groups doing whose standards setting activities are relevant to MPLS as well as links to relevant industry forums. Includes a very extensive MPLS FAQ site as well as links to MPLS books, conferences, and training opportunities.
Chapter 17 - Wireless WANs
CDMA Development Group: A consortium wireless companies active in CDMA wireless systems around the world.
Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association: Another industry consortium.
4G Americas: A trade group of Western Hemisphere companies supporting 3G and 4G. Includes industry news, white papers, and other technical information.
Open Mobile Alliance: Concerned with a range of standards for mobile communications. Includes WAP technical specifications and industry links.
Lloyd Wood's Satellite Web Page: Good source of information about commercial satellite technology.
Satellite Industry Association: Good source of information about commercial satellite technology
4G Wireless Standard: This site provides a good overview of 4G wireless systems and the differences between 3G and 4G network capabilities. Links to other 4G information sources are provided.
SatCom Global Knowledge Base: A rich source of information on a wide variety of satellite systems and satellite communications topics.
Chapter 18 - Computer and Network Security Threats
Computer Security Resource Center: Maintained by NIST; contains a broad range of information on security threats, technology, and standards.
CERT Coordination Center: The organization that grew from the computer emergency response team formed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Site provides good information on Internet security threats, vulnerabilities, and attack statistics.
Vmyths: Dedicated to exposing virus hoaxes and dispelling misconceptions about real viruses.
Chapter 19 - Computer and Network Security Techniques
SecureList: Site maintained by commercial antivirus software provider. Good collection of useful information on viruses, hackers, and spam.
COAST: Comprehensive set of links to sites related to cryptography and network security.
IETF Security Area: Keep up to date on Internet security standardization efforts.
Tom Dunigan's Security Page: An excellent list of pointers to cryptography and network security web sites.
Chapter 20 - Network Management
Simple Web Site: Maintained by the University of Twente. It is a good source of information on SNMP, including pointers to many public-domain implementations and lists of books and articles.