Evolution and Structure of the Internet: A Statistical Physics Approach

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Juli 2013



The application of statistical physics and complex systems theory to the evolution and structure of the Internet.


Preface; List of abbreviations; 1. A brief history of the Internet; 2. How the Internet works; 3. Measuring the global Internet; 4. The Internet's large-scale topology; 5. Modeling the Internet; 6. Internet robustness; 7. Virtual and social networks in the Internet; 8. Searching and walking on the Internet; 9. Epidemics in the Internet; 10. Beyond the Internet's skeleton: traffic and global performance; 11. Outlook; Appendix I: graph theory applied to topology analysis; Appendix II: interface resolution and router topology; Appendix III: numerical analysis of heavy-tailed distributions; Appendix IV: degree correlations; Appendix V: scale-free networks: scaling relations; Appendix VI: the SIR model of virus propagation; References; Index.


Romualdo Pastor-Satorras got his PhD at the University of Barcelona. He has been research fellow at Yale University and research assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. He spent two years as a research fellow at the International Center for Theoretical Physics (UNESCO) and then moved back to Spain in 2000 as Assistant Professor at the University of Barcelona. Since 2001, Pastor-Satorras has been research scientist and lecturer at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. He is the author of more than 40 research papers in different areas of non-equilibrium statistical physics, condensed matter theory and complex systems analysis. Alessandro Vespignani obtained his PhD at the University of Rome 'La Sapienza'. After holding research positions at Yale and Leiden University, he joined the condensed matter research group at the International Center for Theoretical Physics (UNESCO) in Trieste. He has authored more than 100 scientific papers on the statistical physics of non-equilibrium phenomena, critical phase transitions and complex and disordered systems. At present he is senior research scientist of the CNRS, at the Universite de Paris-Sud, France.


'This book illustrates again how the ideas of physics seem to apply to almost everything.' New Scientist '... clear and well written.' Journal of Documentation 'The approach the authors take is radically different: being important contributors to the field of complex networks, they use this expertise here in tackling various practical problems related to the information superhighway. ... authors provide ample references to choose from for the interested. ... The collection of topics in this book is broad, just as the Internet is itself. ... [This book is] a good point of reference or entry-level introduction to complex networks, and definitely an interesting read.' Journal of Statistical Physics
EAN: 9780521826983
ISBN: 0521826985
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 2013
Seitenanzahl: 267 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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