IEEE Computer Volume 12 Number 8 -- BOOK REVIEWS
Original Publication Date: 1979-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-11
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B79-10 Communication Architecture for Distributed Systems -- R. J. Cypser (Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1978, 711 pp.,$20.95)
This book's title should intrigue any communication system designer or scientist. However, the contents fail to live up to its implied promises. Rather than illustrating the concepts and rationale of all possible architectures for distributed systems, the book focuses on a single, specific, IBM- developed architecture -- SNA.
As a result, it fails to qualify as either a general textbook or a ready reference book in the fast- developing field of distributed systems.
On the other hand, it should prove useful for a fast- growing list of SNA users. It does a marvelous job of explaining the relationships between the parts of an SNA- based system. It points out that the architecture deals with not only the physical structure (interconnection schema) but also the logical relationships that cover the subject of message formats, communication protocols, operational sequences, and logical structures for functions needed for a well-managed distributed system.
The need for any system architecture, including SNA, can only be understood in terms of the quantitative benefits that result from the imp...