Contemporary distributed file systems are monolithic and only support single file abstractions. Nowadays, as Sai-Lai Lo explains, network storage devices have to accommodate new information media such as digital audio and video, with data radically different from the traditional text and binary code that contemporary file systems are optimized for. In this book, the author shows how, by combining new and traditional media, information can be recorded and presented in the most suitable way, and the value of a piece of information can be further enhanced by linking together related pieces. However, composite data and cross-reference between data items raise a number of system issues that have not been addressed properly before. Lo defines a new multiservice storage architecture that meets the needs of existing and emerging applications and can support multiple file abstractions. He also explores a number of related design issues. Researchers in the areas of distributed systems, network multimedia and network storage services will enjoy this book.
This books provides a fresh and innovative analysis of the evolving space-time structures of global air travel and city accessibility in the information age. The book focuses on the massive consumer/business market for air travel, its airlines, airports, and the global airline network. The authors utilize a suite of novel data sources that include flight itinerary costs, flight duration, distance traveled, connections made, segments flown and a massive database of origin-destination paths for virtually every airline in the global network. It is likely that the information to be used in this study represents the most comprehensive air travel database ever assembled outside the private sector.
This book examines the fundamental factors beyond physical distance that shape the global airline network in the information age. This includes a comprehensive look at the role of deregulation in the airline industry, terrorism, and the impact of low-cost carriers on competition and airline pricing structures.
This is a practical instructive guide to building shelves and storage facilities in your home. How to fit a wide variety of shelves, brackets and shelf supports on walls and in alcoves. It provides storage ideas for different rooms in the house, and how to make useful projects such as a double shelf wall unit. It includes woodwork projects for more advanced do-it-yourselfers, such as a folding magazine rack, a white oak bookshelf and a sloping cherry wood CD rack. It is a guide to tools, fixtures, nails, screws and drill bits, and advice on which materials to use. It features step-by-step instructions for making freestanding shelving units, cabinets and drawer kits, fitting built-in wardrobes and creating clothes organizers. Whether you want to hide belongings away, store them accessibly or simply want to display them, tailor-made storage is the answer. This book helps you decide what type of storage you need, then sets about showing you how to make it. With inspirational ideas for every type of storage, you will have the satisfaction of making a more efficient and tidy place to live in.
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