TCP/IP Illustrated

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TCP/IP Illustrated
Cover of TCP/IP Illustrated volume 1
Volume 1
Cover of TCP/IP Illustrated volume 2
Volume 2
Cover of TCP/IP Illustrated volume 3
Volume 3
AuthorW. Richard Stevens
CountryUnited States
SeriesAddison-Wesley Professional Computing Series
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardcover)

TCP/IP Illustrated is the name of a series of 3 books written by W. Richard Stevens. Unlike traditional books which explain the RFC specifications, Stevens goes into great detail[1] using actual network traces to describe the protocol, hence its 'Illustrated' title.

The first book in the series, "Volume 1: The Protocols", is cited by hundreds of technical papers in ACM journals.[2]


Volume 1: The Protocols[edit]

After a brief introduction to TCP/IP, Stevens takes a bottom-up approach by describing the protocol from the link layer and working up the protocol stack. The Second Edition was published on 11/15/2011.

Volume 2: The Implementation[edit]

500 illustrations, combined with 15,000 lines of actual code from the 4.4BSD-Lite release, serves as concrete examples of the concepts covered in Volume 1.

Volume 3: TCP for Transactions, HTTP, NNTP, and the UNIX Domain Protocols[edit]

This volume goes into detail on four topics:

As with Volume 2, examples from 4.4BSD-Lite are used.


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