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Computer science professor publishes book on P2P, manet networks

Two of the most innovative topics being discussed in the computer science community these days, peer-to-peer networks and Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks, are the subject of a new technology book by Austin Peay State University assistant professor Dr. Wei Ding.
Two of the most innovative topics being discussed in the computer science community these days, peer-to-peer networks and Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks, are the subject of a new technology book by Austin Peay State University assistant professor Dr. Wei Ding.

This spring, Nova Science Publishers out of New York will release Ding's book, “Synergy of Peer-To-Peer Systems and Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks: Bootstrapping and Routing.” The book discusses the decentralization movement, currently gaining momentum among computer users with the appearance of Youtube, eBay, Wikipedia, iPhones and Bluetooth technology.

“The core of the decentralization movement is the idea of giving more autonomy, more control, and more respect to ordinary users of a computing system, or a network, or a product,” an abstract for the book stated. “With a fast growing user body of more fancy cell phones and other mobile devices, the technical trend has been to blend into a more world-wide cultural fashion.”

Ding said by planting wireless routers throughout a given area, creating a Mobile Ad-Hoc Network, more devices such as laptops and cell phones can share content. In the past, computing systems needed to be connected to a main server to share this type of information.

Ding actually developed the idea for this book several years ago while writing his doctoral dissertation at Louisiana State University. He submitted the idea to Nova in 2007 and completed a first draft in 2008. Much of last year was spent correcting proofs, and this May, the finished book will be available to buy on Nova's Web site, www.novapublishers.com. The book retails for $95.

For more information on the book, contact Ding at 221-7038 or dingw@apsu.edu. -- Charles Booth