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Overlay Networks: A Scalable Alternative for P2P
July/August 2003 (vol. 7 no. 4)
pp. 79-82
Diego Doval, Trinity College Dublin

Overlay networks create a structured virtual topology above the basic transport protocol level that facilitates deterministic search and guarantees convergence. They are evolving into a critical component for self-organizing systems. This article outlines the differences between flooding-style and overlay networks, and offers specific examples of how researchers are applying the latter to problems requiring high-speed, self-organizing network topologies.

Citation:
Diego Doval, Donal O'Mahony, "Overlay Networks: A Scalable Alternative for P2P," IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 79-82, July-Aug. 2003, doi:10.1109/MIC.2003.1215663
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