Evolution and Structure of the Internet: A Statistical Physics Approach

Evolution and Structure of the Internet: A Statistical Physics Approach

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Alessandro Vespignani Romualdo Pastor-Satorras
Cambridge University Press, 2/12/2004
EAN 9780521826983, ISBN10: 0521826985

Hardcover, 284 pages, 25.4 x 17.8 x 1.7 cm
Language: English

This book, first published in 2004, describes the application of statistical physics and complex systems theory to the study of the evolution and structure of the Internet. Using a statistical physics approach the Internet is viewed as a growing system that evolves in time through the addition and removal of nodes and links. This perspective permits us to outline the dynamical theory required for a description of the macroscopic evolution of the Internet. The presence of such a theoretical framework appears to be a revolutionary and promising path towards our understanding of the Internet and the various processes taking place on this network, including, for example, the spread of computer viruses or resilience to random or intentional damages. This book will be of interest to graduate students and researchers in statistical physics, computer science and mathematics studying in this subject.

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