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Issue 1 • Date Jan. 2001

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  • Philosophy For A Networked World [Books]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):127 - 128
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  • Communications triage [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s): 162
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  • Forecasting traffic flow

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):90 - 91
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    Predicting what traffic would be like along a particular route an hour into the future is the ambition motivating the design of intelligent transportation systems (ITS). ITS is an infrastructure being developed-along highways and city streets, and in cars and trucks-that can use information about traffic to speed up travel and make it safer. Several research groups have begun generating reliable i... View full abstract»

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  • The new chips on the block [network processors]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):66 - 68
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    The author describes how rapidly expanding network applications and soaring performance requirements need flexible microprocessor solutions that are powerful enough to handle ever-growing data traffic View full abstract»

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  • Optical nets brace for even heavier traffic

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):44 - 46
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    Thanks to that Internet, backbone traffic has been increasing at a compound annual growth rate of more than 100 percent for several years. The owners of the backbone infrastructure, which is almost entirely fiber-based, are therefore eagerly embracing technologies that add to the capacity of fiber-optic systems without adding mountains of new optical cable. Having sufficient backbone capacity does... View full abstract»

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  • Getting tough on antitrust

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):51 - 53
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    With the exception of cellular telephony, 2000 was the year in which titans of industry got their comeuppance-but also a year in which much of the US public and many opinion leaders expressed chagrin at the government's hobbling the very heroes seen as responsible for the economy's spectacular performance. While antitrust enforcement received little explicit attention in the presidential campaign,... View full abstract»

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  • Bursting At The seams

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s): 43
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  • Fueling the Internet [computer power consumption]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):80 - 82
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    The author discusses power consumption of computers and their peripherals and household appliances which are supposedly switched off. The author examines the claims that the Internet is leading to growth in demand for electricity. The impact of this demand for power on the energy supply industry is also discussed View full abstract»

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  • Large jobs for little devices [microelectromechanical systems]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):72 - 73
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    Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) may become key components of radio frequency devices, particularly in the mobile marketplace. In filters, they may lower radio size and power consumption while increasing sensitivity. In switches, they could herald the construction of cheaper, electronically steerable antennas for radar and communications applications. MEMS are electromechanical devices with t... View full abstract»

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  • RF bridges to the network [RF IC design]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):69 - 71
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    Chips that dwell at the boundary between the electronics and the transmission medium and run at network speeds are growing in importance, and so are the tools that design them. In this paper, RF IC design tools and their developers are examined by the author View full abstract»

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  • Keeping the net up

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):47 - 50
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    To most users, the Internet looks like another utility. Like a local phone or gas company, a local Internet service provider delivers the Net to their desktops. But that's not how it looks to the people who make the Net work. Although it must operate like a single entity, the Internet is made up of many independently owned and operated computers and networks. Keeping the parts working and keeping ... View full abstract»

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  • The car: just a Web browser with tires

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):92 - 94
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    Automakers are working at equipping vehicles with not only Internet access but also such services as on-demand emergency assistance, navigation, and traffic reports. To provide access to these services and the hardware needed to deliver them, software developers and automotive electronics engineers are collaborating on voice recognition and speech synthesis interfaces. Everyone agrees, it seems, t... View full abstract»

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  • Welcome to the always-on world

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):10 - 13
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    With the growth of new information and communications technologies, each human relationship is becoming a continual presence. You can exchange a dozen brief cell phone conversations with your spouse every day. You can keep track of your money through on-line banking. Your computer-mediated work activities can always be visible to your co-workers. This is a tremendous shift in human relationships: ... View full abstract»

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  • Network test starts in the lab

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):77 - 78
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    The myriad elements of a multi-gigabit-speed optical-fiber network must be tested long before the network itself is field tested. By the time a component hits the field, it should only require a final functional test in the buyer's network. It should have gone through multiple simulations while in design, and several rounds of lab tests while in prototype stages, to ensure that it reliably handles... View full abstract»

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  • Networking assets [distributed generation]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):84 - 86, 88
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    ABB's move from the business of building large power plants is a striking vote of confidence in the concept of distributed generation. The idea is that by relying on dispersed small-scale generators, combined with other distributed resources such as flywheel storage devices and sophisticated control equipment, utilities can avoid costly investments in large, often polluting central plants. They ca... View full abstract»

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  • Networked Living

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s): 101
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  • Service takes over in the networked world

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):102 - 106
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    The home entertainment industry's attention is now turning to the opportunities for a host of new services delivered through networked devices. Because of digital networks, the boundary between the manufacturing and service industries are being eliminated. No longer will devices sit in the living room, with, at best, one-way contact to the outside world. In fact, consumers may soon think first abo... View full abstract»

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  • Super nets for supercomputers

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):116 - 118
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    Supercomputers to date have been accessible to only a few fortunate specialists. But a new era will use high-speed data networks to link the huge beasts to more and more researchers' desktops, and just as important, to link individual supercomputers together. These new networks, or grids, are needed to grapple with incredible volumes of data and in turn promise better and cheaper science. With gri... View full abstract»

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  • Ethernet's winning ways

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):113 - 115
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    Ethernet networks are winning big in manufacturing automation and process control-and for good reasons: they save money and they simplify operations. By 2003, the market for Ethernet networks that connect the factory to the higher levels of business operations and supply chain management is expected to reach US $3.5 billon. GE-Cisco Industrial Networks, a newly formed joint venture in Charlottesvi... View full abstract»

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  • Elements of a well-oiled machine

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s): 65
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  • Always On: Living in a Networked World

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s): 41
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  • Gridlocks And Stopgaps

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s): 89
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  • Simulating networks

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):74 - 76
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    The author describes how simulation tools, and the relatively recent class of hybrid simulation tools in particular, are just the ticket for those faced with designing a network from scratch or keeping one operating in the face of ever-increasing traffic. It is the most cost-effective way to predict how the myriad of PCs, servers, printers, routers, hubs and switches, as well as all the applicatio... View full abstract»

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  • An Energy Crunch Worsens

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s): 79
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  • Winging it [Free Flight, air traffic control]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):97 - 99
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    The FAA believes that the solution to delayed flights is beginning to shape up. The agency is optimistic that its modernization plan and efforts to implement a program called Free Flight will go a long way toward solving the problem. Simply put, Free Flight opens the skies to air traffic, removing many of the enforced air routes that planes were required to follow. The program calls for air traffi... View full abstract»

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