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Distributed Computing by Mukesh Singhal, Ajay D. Kshemkalyani

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CHAPTER 18

Peer-to-peer computing and overlay graphs

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18.1  Introduction

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Peer-to-peer (P2P) network systems use an application-level organization of the network overlay for flexibly sharing resources (e.g., files and multimedia documents) stored across network-wide computers. In contrast to the client–server model, any node in a P2P network can act as a server to others and, at the same time, act as a client. Communication and exchange of information is performed directly between the participating peers and the relationships between the nodes in ...

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