* 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.
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.