Issue No. 04 - July/August (2003 vol. 7)
Diego Doval , Trinity College Dublin
<p>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.</p>
D. Doval and D. O'Mahony, "Overlay Networks: A Scalable Alternative for P2P," in IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 7, no. , pp. 79-82, 2003.