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The Emergence of Net-Centric Computing: Network Computers, Internet Appliances, and Connected PCs Hardcover – January, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall (January 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0138978697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0138978693
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,298,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover


* Experience the net-centric computing revolution from the inside!
* Covers every variety of network computing device.
* Clients, servers, and back-end infrastructure.
* Networked multimedia: the future of the Internet.

The traditional PC is history: net-centric computing is the future. But what form will it take? Computing appliances, "connected PCs," Web-enabled set-top boxes, Webphones, Internet-connected wireless communicators, or Java-based network computers? All of them or something else entirely? What challenges face professionals who want to build, plan for, or invest in these new systems? Now, award-winning editor Bernard Cole who covers net-centric computing for Electrical Engineering Times provides an up-to-the-minute birds-eye view of the entire field. He presents every leading approach and reviews all these crucial technology issues:


* Making the Internet scale to support net-centric computing.
* Pros, cons, and alternatives to Java in networked computing devices.
* The role of distributed objects, including CORBA and COM.
* Net-centric operating systems: OS-9000, DAVID, pSOS+, VxWorks, VRTX, PowerTV, Java OS, and Windows CE 2.0.
* RISC and CISC processors: x86, ARM, picoJava, Shaboom, and other alternatives.
* Supercharging I/O: RSVP, parallelism, I2O, and other key strategies.

Cole offers new insight into the make-or-break challenges facing the net-centric computing industry, including security, testing, maintenance, and reliability. He reviews the massive infrastructure and technology enhancements needed to support real-time networked multimedia, including MPEG4, RTSP, VRML, Java3D, MMX and its competitors, and 64-bit processors. Finally, he previews tomorrow's new Web-centric user interfaces, intended to keep users from getting "lost in the Web." With extraordinary breadth and depth, Cole has done what others thought impossible: He has made sense of the net-centric computing future.

About the Author

BERNARD COLE is Senior Technical Editor, Embedded Systems/Net-centric Computing for Electronic Engineering Times, and a winner of the Distinguished Editorial Achievement Award from McGraw-Hill for a special report on Electronics in the Year 2000. He is author of Beyond Word Processing: Using Your Personal Computer as a Knowledge Processor. Cole resides in Flagstaff, Arizona, and can be contacted at bcole@cmp.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My context is as a student researching Thin Client computing. This books is excellent, covering many of the hardware and software technologies relevant to net-centric computing. The breadth in this books is superb.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is all the descriptive material above says and more. Cole's breadth of knowledge is astonishing in these days when it's hard to stay knowledgeable and uptodate about even one small segment of electronic technology and design. In my opinion, this book is essential reading for design engineers, electronics students, and anyone else who is involved in the future of computing.
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