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Content Networking

Architecture, Protocols, and Practice

As the Internet has grown, so have the challenges associated with delivering static, streaming, and dynamic content to end-users. This book is unique in that it addresses the topic of content networking exclusively and comprehensively, tracing the evolution from traditional web caching to today's open and vastly more flexible architecture. With this evolutionary approach, the authors emphasize the field's most persistent concepts, principles, and mechanisms--the core information that will help you understand why and how content delivery works today, and apply that knowledge in the future.

Practitioners and researchers at: network service providers (e.g., AT&T, Akamai, Qwest); software/hardware vendors (e.g., Lucent, Cisco, Nortel); and content providers (e.g. Yahoo; Disney; Google; Amazon)

Hardbound, 352 Pages

Published: February 2005

Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann

ISBN: 978-1-55860-834-4


  • "This book is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in understanding the rationale and technology driving the evolution of the Web. I especially liked the way the authors tie together the various elements and protocols that make up content distribution systems over the Web." --Prof. Dr. Ralf Steinmetz, Head of Multimedia Communications Lab (KOM), Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany "Finally, there is a comprehensive and authoritative text on all aspects of content delivery networking, the true Intelligent Network of the Internet! I will certainly use this book in teaching graduate students." --Igor Faynberg, Technical Manager, Internet Standards, Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies, and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science, Stevens Institute of Technology "This book closes a major gap in current literature: it gives a comprehensive overview of all aspects of content delivery networks. It is easy to read, yet provides an in-depth understanding of the algorithms and communication protocols involved." --Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Effelsberg, University of Mannheim, Director, Computer Networks and Multimedia Technology Research Group


  • Chapter 1 Introduction1.1 The early days of content delivery over the Internet1.2 The World Wide Web – where it came from, what it is1.3 The evolution of content networking1.4 The diversity of interests in content networkingChapter 2 Content Transport2.1 Protocol architecture and design paradigms of the Internet2.2 The Hypertext Transport Protocol (HTTP)2.3 Multicast transportChapter 3 Caching Techniques for Web Content3.1 Local Caching3.2 Motivation and Goals of Web Caching3.3 Basic Operation of a Shared Web Cache3.4 Cachability Considerations3.5 Placing a Cache in the Network3.6 The Evolution of Caching Systems - Networks of Caches3.7 Performance3.8 Caching Challenges and MythsChapter 4 Caching Techniques for Streaming Media4.1 Streaming Media4.2 Protocols for Streaming Media4.3 Caching Techniques for Streaming Media4.4 Case studiesChapter 5 Navigating Content Networks5.1 The Domain Name System5.2 Layer 4-7 Request Switching5.3 Global Request Routing5.4 Case studiesChapter 6 Peer-to-Peer Content Networks6.1 What are Peer-to-Peer networks?6.2 Technical Challenges in Peer to Peer Networks6.3 6.4 Case Studies6.5 Business aspectsChapter 7 Interactive Content Delivery - Instant Messaging7.1 Instant Messaging defined7.2 Internet-based Instant Messaging7.3 ConvergenceChapter 8 Beyond Web Surfing – Content Services8.1 What is Driving Content Services?8.2 An Architecture for Content Services8.3 Example Content Services8.4 ICAP – The Internet Content Adaptation Protocol 8.5 Open Pluggable Edge Services (OPES)8.6 The Web Services paradigm8.7 Service Personalization and Service ConvergenceChapter 9 Building Content Networks9.1 Campus and Enterprise Network Example9.2 Content Network Provider Example9.3 Content Distribution Network ExampleChapter 10 Standards Efforts10.1 The Role of Standards10.2 Content Networking Standards Bodies10.3 Content Networking StandardsChapter 11 Summary and Outlook11.1 Content Networking Architecture Evolution11.2 The Future of Content Networking


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