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.
The Network Society is now more than ever the essential guide to the past, consequences and future of digital communication. Fully revised, this Third Edition covers crucial new issues and updates, including: / the long history of social media and Web 2.0: why it's not as new as we think / digital youth culture as a foreshadow of future new media use / the struggle for control of the internet among Microsoft, Google, Apple and Facebook / the contribution of media networks to the current financial crisis / complete update of the literature on the facts, theories, trends and technologies of the internet / new features for students with boxes of chapter questions, conclusions and boxed explanations of key concepts This book remains an accessible, comprehensive, must-read introduction to how new media function in contemporary society.
' The authors bring together expertise from East and West to present an authoritative, thoroughly up-to-date and detailed treatment of work in this area. ' The International Statistical Review. ' As a survey, of what is available and which techniques show promise in further investigations, the book certainly provides what one could wish for.' ' What this reviewer enjoyed most is the technical virtuosity required, and generously present, in quite a few of the analyses. This is a book to have your Ph.D. student read, to show him what life is like. ' Mathematical Reviews, issue 88i ' In summary, this book competently fills a certain niche and will be interesting and provocative to probabilistically inclined statisticians who enjoy studying new and important phenomena. ' Journal of the American Statistical Association 86 , March 1991.
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