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.

Key Features

+ Focuses on the principles that will give you a deep and timely understanding of content networking. + Offers dozens of protocol-specific examples showing how real-life Content Networks are currently designed and implemented. + Provides extensive consideration of Content Services, including both the Internet Content Adaptation Protocol (ICAP) and Open Pluggable Edge Services (OPES). + Examines methods for supporting time-constrained media such as streaming audio and video and real-time media such as instant messages. + Combines the vision and rigor of a prominent researcher with the practical experience of a seasoned development engineer to provide a unique combination of theoretical depth and practical application.


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)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction 1.1 The early days of content delivery over the Internet 1.2 The World Wide Web – where it came from, what it is 1.3 The evolution of content networking 1.4 The diversity of interests in content networking Chapter 2 Content Transport 2.1 Protocol architecture and design paradigms of the Internet 2.2 The Hypertext Transport Protocol (HTTP) 2.3 Multicast transport Chapter 3 Caching Techniques for Web Content 3.1 Local Caching 3.2 Motivation and Goals of Web Caching 3.3 Basic Operation of a Shared Web Cache 3.4 Cachability Considerations 3.5 Placing a Cache in the Network 3.6 The Evolution of Caching Systems - Networks of Caches 3.7 Performance 3.8 Caching Challenges and Myths Chapter 4 Caching Techniques for Streaming Media 4.1 Streaming Media 4.2 Protocols for Streaming Media 4.3 Caching Techniques for Streaming Media 4.4 Case studies Chapter 5 Navigating Content Networks 5.1 The Domain Name System 5.2 Layer 4-7 Request Switching 5.3 Global Request Routing 5.4 Case studies Chapter 6 Peer-to-Peer Content Networks 6.1 What are Peer-to-Peer networks? 6.2 Technical Challenges in Peer to Peer Networks 6.3 6.4 Case Studies 6.5 Business aspects Chapter 7 Interactive Content Delivery - Instant Messaging 7.1 Instant Messaging defined 7.2 Internet-based Instant Messaging 7.3 Convergence


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"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