Part I: Web Content Delivery.- Web Workload Characterization: Ten Years Later.- Replica Placement and Request Routing.- The Time-to-Live Based Consistency Mechanism.- Content Location in Peer-to-Peer Systems: Exploiting Locality.- Part II: Dynamic Web Content.- Techniques for Efficiently Serving and Caching Dynamic Web Content.- Utility Computing for Internet Applications.- Proxy Caching for Database-Backed Web Sites.- Part III: Streaming Media Delivery.- Generating Internet Streaming Media Objects and Workloads.- Streaming Media Caching.- Policy-Based Resource Sharing in Streaming Overlay Networks.- Caching and Distribution Issues for Streaming Content Distribution Networks.- Peer-to-Peer Assisted Streaming Proxy.- Part IV: Ubiquitous Web Access.- Distributed Architectures for Web Content Adaptation and Delivery.- Wireless Web Performance Issues.- Web Content Delivery Using Thin-Client Computing.- Optimizing Content Delivery in Wireless Networks.- Multimedia Adaptation and Browsing on Small Displays.
The concept of content delivery (also known as content distribution) is be coming increasingly important due to rapidly growing demands for efficient distribution and fast access of information in the Internet. Content delivery is very broad and comprehensive in that the contents for distribution cover a wide range of types with significantly different characteristics and performance concerns, including HTML documents, images, multimedia streams, database tables, and dynamically generated contents. Moreover, to facilitate ubiqui tous information access, the network architectures and hardware devices also vary widely. They range from broadband wired/fixed networks to bandwid- constrained wireless/mobile networks, and from powerful workstations/PCs to personal digital assistants (PDAs) and cellular phones with limited processing and display capabilities. All these levels of diversity are introducing numerous challenges on content delivery technologies. It is desirable to deliver contents in their best quality based on the nature of the contents, network connections and client devices. This book aims at providing a snapshot of the state-of-the-art research and development activities on web content delivery and laying the foundations for future web applications. The book focuses on four main areas: (1) web con tent delivery; (2) dynamic web content; (3) streaming media delivery; and (4) ubiquitous web access. It consists of 17 chapters written by leading experts in the field. The book is designed for a professional audience including academic researchers and industrial practitioners who are interested in the most recent research and development activities on web content delivery.
Here is an essential reference for anyone interested in the most recent research and development activities on web content delivery. Coverage focuses on four main areas: content delivery networks, dynamic web contents, multimedia content delivery, and wireless/mobile Internet access. Compiled from recognized leaders in the field, as well as up-and-coming researchers, the articles collected in this volume not only review the current state of web content delivery, but also lay the foundations for future web applications.