Provides a modern mathematical approach to the design of communication networks for graduate students, blending control, optimization, and stochastic network theories. A broad range of performance analysis tools are discussed, including important advanced topics that have been made accessible to students for the first time. Taking a top-down approach to network protocol design, the authors begin with the deterministic model and progress to more sophisticated models. Network algorithms and protocols are tied closely to the theory, illustrating the practical engineering applications of each topic. The background behind the mathematical analyses is given before the formal proofs and is supported by worked examples, enabling students to understand the big picture before going into the detailed theory. End-of-chapter problems cover a range of difficulties, with complex problems broken into several parts, and hints to many problems are provided to guide students. Full solutions are available online for instructors. 'This book by Srikant and Ying fills a major void - an analytical and authoritative study of communication networks that covers many of the major advances made in this area in an easy-to-understand and self-contained manner. It is a must read for any networking student, researcher, or engineer who wishes to have a fundamental understanding of the key operations of communication networks, from network dimensioning and design to congestion control, routing, and scheduling. Throughout the book, the authors have taken pains to explain highly mathematical material in a manner that is accessible to a beginning graduate student. This has often required providing new examples, results, and proofs that are simple and easy to follow, which makes the book attractive to academics and engineers alike. A must have networking book for one's personal library!' Ness B. Shroff, The Ohio State University 'Communication Networks provides a deep, modern and broad yet accessible coverage of the analysis of networks. The authors, who made many original contributions to this field, guide the readers through the intuition behind the analysis and results. The text is ideal for self-study and as a basis for a graduate course on the mathematics of communication networks. Students in networking will benefit greatly from reading this book.' Jean Walrand, University of California, Berkeley 'Communication Networks, by Srikant and Ying, provides a mathematically rigorous treatment of modern communication networks. The book provides the essential mathematical preliminaries in queueing theory, optimization and control, followed by a rigorous treatment of network architectures, protocols and algorithms that are at the heart of modern-day communication networks and the Internet. It is the best textbook on communication networks from a theoretical perspective in over 20 years, filling a much needed void in the field. It can be an excellent textbook for graduate and advanced undergraduate classes, and extremely useful to researchers in this rapidly evolving field.' Eytan Modiano, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 'This book presents a view of communication networks, their architecture and protocols, grounded in the theoretical constructs from optimization and queuing theory that underpin the modern approach to the design and analysis of networks. It is a superb introduction to this approach.' Frank Kelly, University of Cambridge 'This textbook provides a thoughtful treatment of network architecture and network protocol design within a solid mathematical framework. Networks are required to provide good stable behavior in random environments. This textbook provides the tools needed to make this happen. It provides needed foundations in optimization, control, and probabilistic techniques. It then demonstrates their application to the understanding of current networks and the design of future network architectures and protocols.