Papers from a November 2002 conference focus on the design, analysis, implementation, and exploitation of new concepts, technologies, and applications related to high-performance networks on a local scale. Contributors are networking researchers, engineers, and practitioners in industry, academia, and government. Themes include ad hoc networks, network performance, quality of service, network security, traffic characterization, and wireless networks, as well as network management, multimedia, Web services optimization, differentiated services, mobility management, and high-speed and wireless local networks. Specific topics are analysis of a dynamically reconfigurable network processor, reliable group communication in an ad hoc network, and safety critical middleware for avionics applications. There is no subject index. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.