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Evolution and Structure of the Internet

Romualdo Pastor-Satorras, Alessandro Vespignani

posted on 01 May 2004

reviewed by Lionel Moret

This book consists of three main parts. The first is a comprehensive description of the physical Internet (routers, Autonomous Systems,...) and how it works. It's easy to read, no equations, aimed at a large public. Then comes a more precise characterization of the Internet's large scale topology, reviewing the many methods available. The end of the book covers the main models of Internet, Internet robustness against attacks, .... Those chapters are much more mathematical, but still with an introduction understandable for non specialists.
In conclusion I would advice this book to scientists. One can find a state of the art of Internet models, along with an explanation of its mechanisms.