By Bernard Conrad Cole
The conventional notebook is historical past: Net-centric computing is the long run. yet what shape will it take? Computing home equipment, "connected PCs," Web-enabled set-top bins, Webphones, Internet-connected instant communicators, or Java-based community desktops? them all - or whatever else fullyyt? What demanding situations face execs who are looking to construct, plan for, or put money into those new platforms? Cole deals new perception into the make-or-break demanding situations dealing with the net-centric computing undefined, together with defense, trying out, upkeep, and reliability. He stories the big infrastructure and expertise improvements had to aid real-time networked multimedia, together with MPEG4, RTSP, VRML, Java3D, MMX and its rivals, and 64-bit processors. eventually, he previews tomorrow's new Web-centric person interfaces, meant to maintain clients from getting "lost within the Web." With striking breadth and intensity, Cole has performed what others inspiration very unlikely: He has made feel of the net-centric computing destiny.
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