Intelligent Broadband Multimedia Networks: Generic Aspects and Architectures Wireless, ISDN, Current and Future Intelligent Networks by Syed V. Ahamed, Victor B. Lawrence
Intelligent Broadband Multimedia Networks is a non-mathematical, but highly systems oriented, coverage of modern intelligent information networks. This volume focuses on the convergence of computers and communications technologies. Most of the concepts that are generic to all intelligent networks, and their microscopic and macroscopic functions, are presented. This book includes specific architectures that can be used by network designers and planners, telecommunications managers, computer scientists, and telecommunications professionals. The breadth of this coverage and the systems orientation of this work make the text suitable for use in advanced level courses on intelligent communications networks. The material in this volume ranges from defining intelligent networks to more specific coverage of educational, medical, and knowledge-based networks. Each of the 20 chapters address issues that can help make the transition from computer design, to the underlying concepts of modern telecommunications systems, to considerations necessary for the implementation of intelligent network services. Special and timely coverage of emerging technologies, such as HDSL, ADSL, BISDN, wireless, broadband access, ATM, and other topics, are given expanded treatment. The authors have included design methodologies for installing intelligence into almost any communications systems, and procedures for using such intelligence according to the type of function expected from these networks. Unique features of the book are:
• a 64-page glossary of key terms (with expanded explanations) used in the field, • a 23-page index that makes it easy to search for important information, • running headers on each page to help the busy professional use the book as a reference/design tool, • complete references including additional reading for more detailed information, and • accurate and concise information to help telecommunications professionals understand the intricacies of the field.
Preface. Part I: Generic Aspects of Networks. 1. Networks and Computer Systems. 2. Basic Intelligent Network Concepts. 3. Networks and the Information Society. 4. The Role of the OSI Model. Part II: Recent and Evolving Networks. 5. Wireless Communication Networks. 6. Recent American Intelligent Networks. 7. ISDN Elements and Architecture. 8. The AT&T View of Intelligent Networks (INs). 9. The BCR View of Intelligent Networks (INs). 10. Intelligent Networks/1+ (IN/1+) 11. Intelligent Networks/2 (IN/2) 12. Global Intelligent Networks. 13. Advanced Intelligent Networks (AINs) Part III: Future Intelligent Networks. 14. Evolving Educational Environments: A Projected Impact of Recent Networks. 15. Architectural Consideration in the Design of Network-Based Educational Systems. 16. Integrated Medical Systems. 17. Architecture of a Knowledge Machine. 18. Architecture of a Knowledge Processing System (KPS) 19. Home Intelligence: Personal Computer-Based Intelligent Home Networks. 20. Social and Cultural Impact of Intelligent Broadband Multimedia Networks. Glossary. Index.