High Performance Networking VII: IFIP TC6 Seventh International Conference on High Performance Networks (HPN ' 97), 28th April - 2nd May 1997, White Plains, New York, USA by Ahmed N. Tantawy (Paperback, 2013)
It is always confusing, and perhaps inconvenient at times, using generic terms that will mean something to everyone but different things to different people. High Performance is one of those terms. High Performance can be viewed as synymous to High Speed or Low Latency or a number of other characteristics. The interesting thing is that such ambiguity can sometimes be useful in a world where focus shifts quite easily from one issue to ather as times and needs evolve. Many things have changed since the first HPN conference held in Aachen, Germany in 1987. The focus then was mainly on Media Access Control (MAC) protocols that allow users to share the high bandwidth of optical fiber. FDDI (Fiber Distributed Data Interface) was making its debut with its amazing 100 Mbps speed. ATM (Asynchrous Transfer Mode) and SONET (the Synchrous Optical Network) were beginning to capture our imagination. What could users possibly do with such high performance ? Share it! After realizing that the real problems had gradually shifted away from the network media to the periphery of the network, focus also began to shift. Adapter design, protocol implementation, and communication systems architecture began to attract our interest. Networking -t Networks-became the hot issue.
Ahmed N. Tantawy
Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Date of Publication
Computer Communications & Networking
IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology