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14th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (1994)
Pozman, Poland
June 21, 1994 to June 24, 1994
ISBN: 0-8186-5840-1
pp: 124-132
A. Duda , Lab. for Comput. Sci., MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA
M.A. Sheldon , Lab. for Comput. Sci., MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA
Locating and accessing information in a large distributed system is a difficult problem of growing importance. This paper reports on our experience building and using a prototype system for transparent, user-guided associative access to the contents of a large, distributed set of WAIS servers. Our system is based on content routing, an architecture that makes use of content labels for locating and accessing information in large distributed systems. Our content router for WAIS servers is implemented as a Semantic File System that constructs content labels from WAIS source and catalog files. The content router guides locating documents by suggesting terms that frequently appear with a given query term in document headlines. Sufficiently narrowed queries are routed to WAIS servers and processed in parallel. We have successfully used our content router to locate documents on a large number of WAIS servers. Along with demonstrating the feasibility of distributed finding in a large network of information servers, the prototype shows interactive performance limited primarily by the processing time at WAIS servers.<>
distributed databases, network servers

A. Duda and M. Sheldon, "Content routing in a network of WAIS servers," 14th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems(ICDCS), Pozman, Poland, 1994, pp. 124-132.
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