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Web Content Delivery

  • Xueyan Tang
  • Jianliang Xu
  • Samuel T. Chanson
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of state-of-the-art research and global development activities on web content delivery

  • Lays the foundations for future web applications

  • Focuses on recent advances that are driven by emerging content types and system architectures

  • Focuses in particular on content delivery in four main areas: web, dynamic, streaming media and wireless


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Web Content Delivery

    1. Adepele Williams, Martin Arlitt, Carey Williamson, Ken Barker
      Pages 3-21
    2. Magnus Karlsson
      Pages 23-43
    3. Edith Cohen, Haim Kaplan
      Pages 45-71
    4. Kunwadee Sripanidkulchai, Hui Zhang
      Pages 73-97
  3. Dynamic Web Content

    1. Arun Iyengar, Lakshmish Ramaswamy, Bianca Schroeder
      Pages 101-130
    2. Claudia Canali, Michael Rabinovich, Zhen Xiao
      Pages 131-151
  4. Streaming Media Delivery

    1. Shudong Jin, Azer Bestavros
      Pages 177-196
    2. Jiangchuan Liu
      Pages 197-214
    3. K. Selçuk Candan, Yusuf Akca, Wen-Syan Lit
      Pages 215-244
    4. Lei Guo, Xiaodong Zhang, Songqing Chen
      Pages 265-281
  5. Ubiquitous Web Access

    1. Michele Colajanni, Riccardo Lancellotti, Philip S. Yu
      Pages 285-304
    2. Carey Williamson
      Pages 305-324
    3. Albert M. Lai, Jason Nieh
      Pages 325-345
    4. Pablo Rodriguez Rodriguez
      Pages 347-369
    5. Xing Xie, Wei-Ying Ma
      Pages 371-391
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 393-394

About this book


The concept of content delivery has become increasingly more important due to rapidly growing demands for efficient distribution and fast access of information from the Internet. The content can be diverse, ranging from HTML documents, images, multimedia streams, database tables to dynamically generated contents. Moreover, to facilitate ubiquitous information access, the varied network architectures and hardware devices can include broadband wired/fixed networks, bandwidth constrained wireless/mobile networks, powerful workstations/PCs, PDAs and cellular phones. The need to deliver quality information--given the nature of the content, network connections and client devices--introduces various challenges for content delivery technologies.

Web Content Delivery offers the most comprehensive coverage of state-of-the-art research, providing insightful and thought-provoking possibilities for the future of web applications. Written by leading international researchers, the book focuses on web content delivery, dynamic web content, streaming media delivery and ubiquitous web access, addressing specific topics such as:

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

Techniques for Efficiently Serving and Caching Dynamic Web Content

Utility Computing for Internet Applications

Proxy Caching for Database-Backed Web Sites

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

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


Web Content Delivery is an essential reference for both academic researchers and industrial practitioners dealing with web content delivery.


Internet Multimedia Web Wireless content delivery content location database proxy caching streaming media utility computing web caching web information management web information systems

Editors and affiliations

  • Xueyan Tang
    • 1
  • Jianliang Xu
    • 2
  • Samuel T. Chanson
    • 3
  1. 1.Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore
  2. 2.Hong Kong Baptist UniversityHong Kong
  3. 3.Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong Kong

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From the reviews:

"This book is devoted to content delivery, also known as content distribution. … This is a specialized book that will appeal to researchers interested in multimedia services issues, particularly Web content delivery. For those in this research community, it will be very valuable." (Mario Freire, Computing Reviews, August, 2006)

"This book is a collection of academic papers. These have been written by leading researchers around the world and assembled by the editors as a representation of the state-of-the-art in web content delivery. … The book is professionally produced, clearly printed and well laid out. … it is reasonably sized for easy transportation, so could be a companion on a long journey to a conference. … It should certainly grace the computer-science shelf of any self-respecting university library." (Andrew Neill, Informer, Spring, 2006)