Contemporary distributed file systems are monolithic and only support single file abstractions. Nowadays, as Sai-Lai Lo explains, network storage devices have to accommodate new information media such as digital audio and video, with data radically different from the traditional text and binary code that contemporary file systems are optimized for. In this book, the author shows how, by combining new and traditional media, information can be recorded and presented in the most suitable way, and the value of a piece of information can be further enhanced by linking together related pieces. However, composite data and cross-reference between data items raise a number of system issues that have not been addressed properly before. Lo defines a new multiservice storage architecture that meets the needs of existing and emerging applications and can support multiple file abstractions. He also explores a number of related design issues. Researchers in the areas of distributed systems, network multimedia and network storage services will enjoy this book.
If you have ever wondered what a disciplined, spiritual life looks like, this book is for you. The Profile of a Worshiper paints a picture of what the presence of the divine looks like in the lives of everyday people. While it is based on scriptures from the Bible, the characteristics discussed are easily applicable to the lives of anyone, from any place, who calls him or herself a worshiper of the true and living God.
Rev. Audrey L. Pryor-Mouizi, B.S., M.B.A., M.Div., is the founder and Executive Director of LifeForce Ministries. Her ministry specialties are Christian education, pastoral care, organization and administration, preaching and teaching. She has a particular interest in encouraging those who work for a living to thrive, survive, and be satisfied in the workplace. She is also the author of "WOW!" (Words of Wisdom), a monthly publication which offers words of inspiration and encouragement relevant to the workplace. She can be contacted at LifeForce Ministries, P.O. Box 3586, Portsmouth, VA 23701.
I remember that the idea of this book emerged ?rst in Toulouse, during the Third Conference on Energy Markets - 3 years ago now. Anna Cret' ? gave a talk on a model dealing with seasonal gas storage in the USA, and Christian Von Hirschausen was her discussant. Both of them were devoting their efforts to understand the natural gas market in Europe and the relevant liberalization process. I found their interest in storage rather original, so I encouraged Anna to collect the most original cont- butions on this topic. Back in Milan with this idea in mind, she organized a working group at IEFE- Bocconi University, where she works. Then, during the following year, she - changed ideas and organized several meetings with the book's contributors. She regularly invited the most important Italian gas sector representatives to these me- ings, to make sure that the economic models were well suited to tackle the issues at stake in the European gas industry.
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