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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • No longer in denial [network security]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):59 - 61
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    The world was made rudely aware of the battle between hackers and Internet system security administration when public access to the sites of Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, and other dot-coms was cut off by a new method of attack called distributed denial of service (DDoS), in February 2000. To block the sites, one or more hackers sneaked into the computers of several unsuspecting users connected to the Net... View full abstract»

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  • Fuel cells for the long haul, batteries for the spurts [electric vehicles]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):95 - 97
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    Until only a few years ago, when environmentalists, automakers, and other concerned parties spoke about low-emissions vehicles, they were almost always referring to electric vehicles (EVs)-cars, trucks, and buses powered by batteries of one kind or another. Today, having so far failed in their quest for a battery that could make EVs practical, they are looking more and more to hybrid electric vehi... 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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  • 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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  • Beneath the Internet: explosive growth drives improvements to the infrastructure

    Publication Year: 2001
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    Functionally, the Internet is an interconnection of packet-switched networks based on the TCP/IP protocol suite. On a physical level, it is probably better visualized as a collection of service centers interconnected to a large extent by the same worldwide infrastructure that carries voice and every other kind of communications. That infrastructure has two distinct components: the long-haul trunks... 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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  • Gridlocks And Stopgaps

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s): 89
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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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  • Nanotechnology: what will it mean?

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):19 - 21
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    Nanotechnology will make us healthy and wealthy though not necessarily wise. In a few decades, this emerging manufacturing technology will let us inexpensively arrange atoms and molecules in most of the ways permitted by physical laws. It will let us make supercomputers that fit on the head of a pin and fleets of medical nanorobots smaller than a human cell able to eliminate cancer, infections, cl... 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The 21st Century Engineer

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):17 - 19
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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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  • Harmonizing data, setting standards [genomics, information sets]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):111 - 112
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    With a working copy of the human genome in hand, the hard task of making sense of the terabytes of data has begun. One way of doing that job is by comparing gene sequences with other types of biological information, including protein sequences and structures or genes identified or expressed in other creatures. The trouble is that this other information is held in hundreds of databases out in resea... 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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  • Networked Living

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s): 101
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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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  • Always On: Living in a Networked World

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s): 41
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  • The rebirth of radio

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):62 - 64
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    IEEE 802.II, the wireless local-area network standard, is one of the hottest product areas at the moment; Bluetooth threatens to become even hotter; Nokia unveiled its self-configuring rooftop RF system for Internet access; and fixed-wireless links are gaining increasing attention as candidate solutions to the Internet's last-mile problem. Advances in microelectronics have made it possible to buil... View full abstract»

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