Evolving Networking Capabilities

  • Hoover G.
  • Weber R.

Over the past decade, dramatic changes have taken place in wide-area networking. This has been due to legal, regulatory and technical reasons. This paper examines the technical evolution that has transformed analog, hierarchical, rigid, voice-oriented wide-area networks into digital, flexible intelligent bandwidth management systems capable of handling voice, data and image communications. Over the next half decade, networks will evolve with high performance, broad-band capabilities and enhanced service features. While transmission technology has played a large part in the evolution of domestic wide-area networks, the rapid progress in processing technology and its deployment into the network has played an even greater role in this evolution. To provide a perspective, the discussion begins with a brief historical overview of wide-area networking evolution. The newly emerging capabilities of Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) and bandwidth management are then presented, followed by a vision of future capabilities into the 1990's.

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© 2017 International World Wide Web Conference Committee (IW3C2), published under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 License. Uber is a popular ride-sharing application that matches people who need a ride (or riders) with drivers who are willing to provide it using their personal vehicles. Despite its growing popularity, there exist ...

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© 2017 International World Wide Web Conference Committee (IW3C2), published under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 License. Recent studies in social media spam and automation provide anecdotal argumentation of the rise of a new generation of spambots, so-called social spambots. Here, for the first time, we extensively study this novel ...