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nomadicity

Nomadicity is the tendency of a person, or group of people, to move with relative frequency. Leonard Kleinrock and others have written of the need to support today's increasingly mobile workers with nomadic computing, the use of portable computing devices and, ideally, constant access to the Internet and data on other computers. Standards such as the IETF's Mobile IPv6 standards and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) can be said to support nomadic computing.

According to Kleinrock, the goal of nomadic computing is to enable a consistent experience for users anywhere in the world, including as they travel from one place to another. A nomadic environment is said to be one that is transparent to the user, regardless of location, the device and platform they're using, the available bandwidth, and whether or not they are in motion at any given time.

This was last updated in May 2007
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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