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Optimizing the NASA Technical Report Server

Michael L. Nelson (Michael L. Nelson is the “webmaster” for NASA Langley Research Center, Computer Systems Branch, Mail Stop 157A, 15 Langley Boulevard, Hampton, VA 23681‐0001, USA. Tel: 804 8648511; Fax: 804 8648342; E‐mail: <m.l.nelson@larc.nasa.gov> . He has also worked with others to implement report servers, software servers, technology transfer databases and other World Wide Web services and is also the technical lead for NASA Langley Research Center’s workstation clustering activities. Ming‐Hokng Maa is a NASA Langley Research Center Cooperative Education Student, e‐mail: <m.h.maa@larc.nasa.gov>, pursuing his BS in computer engineering/computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has previously held research positions at nView Corp. and the Inter‐National Research Institute, Inc)
Ming‐Hokng Maa (Ming‐Hokng Maa is a NASA Langley Research Center Cooperative Education Student, e‐mail: <m.h.maa@larc.nasa.gov>, pursuing his BS in computer engineering/computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has previously held research positions at nView Corp. and the Inter‐National Research Institute, Inc)

Internet Research

ISSN: 1066-2243

Article publication date: 1 March 1996

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Abstract

Explains how the NASA Technical Report Server, a World Wide Web report distribution NASA technical publications service, has been modified for performance enhancement, greater protocol support and human interface optimization. Results include: parallel database queries, significantly decreasing user access times by an average factor of 2.3; access from clients behind firewalls and/or proxies which truncate excessively long Uniform Resource Locators; access to non‐Wide Area Information Server (WAIS) databases and compatibility with the Z39‐50.3 protocol; and a streamlined user interface.

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Nelson, M.L. and Maa, M. (1996), "Optimizing the NASA Technical Report Server", Internet Research, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 64-70. https://doi.org/10.1108/10662249610123692

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