Net-Centric Computing: The Future of Computers and Networking

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Kher, Shubhalaxmi
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Somani, Arun
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Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) contains two focuses. The focus on Electrical Engineering teaches students in the fields of control systems, electromagnetics and non-destructive evaluation, microelectronics, electric power & energy systems, and the like. The Computer Engineering focus teaches in the fields of software systems, embedded systems, networking, information security, computer architecture, etc.

The Department of Electrical Engineering was formed in 1909 from the division of the Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering. In 1985 its name changed to Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. In 1995 it became the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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Futuristic computers will only be thought of in the context of their ubiquitous connectivity. Net-centric computing isn’t communications or networking per se, although it certainly includes both. With the changes in the computing and networking environment we need a different paradigm for distributed computing. The area of net-centric computing encompasses the embedded systems but is much larger in scope. In the near future, many hardware devices will be interconnected in large and highly dynamic distributed systems, using standard communication protocols on standard physical links [1][3][5][6][7][8]. Such types of systems exist only for computers interconnected by TCP/IP networks, or for hardware devices interconnected in small areas by using specific protocols for the physical link, such as Bluetooth, Ethernet or X-10.

In this paper we review Net-Centric computing in the perspective of Hardware requirements, Embedded system design, Middleware, Control, IT and provide an insight into the issues and challenges ahead.


This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of a proceeding published as Somani A.K., Kher S. (2006) Net-Centric Computing: The Future of Computers and Networking. In: Madria S.K., Claypool K.T., Kannan R., Uppuluri P., Gore M.M. (eds) Distributed Computing and Internet Technology. ICDCIT 2006. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 4317. The final authenticated version is available online at DOI: 10.1007/11951957_2. Posted with permission.

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