Uma Nova Classificação para Arquiteturas de Redes Peer-to-peer (A New Classification for Peer-to-peer Networks Architectures)

Gustavo Salvadori Baptista do Carmo (, Jamil Salem Barbar (, Fernanda Barbosa Coelho (

Universidade Federal de Uberlândia
This paper appears in: Revista IEEE América Latina

Publication Date: Dec. 2006
Volume: 4,   Issue: 6 
ISSN: 1548-0992

The peer-to-peer networks can present not only characteristics from the peer-to-peer model, but also characteristics from the client-server model. Depending on the level of involvement of the nodes in these two models, the networks can be classified within a spectrum that varies from a more centralizing pole, to a more decentralizing one. This article presents a new classification of the various existing architectures of peer-to-peer networks, under the perspective of the level of centralization, aiming to provide a better understanding of the relationship of these two models, as well as the possibilities of implementation of peer-to-peer applications under different approaches.

Index Terms:
networks architectures, client-server, distributed computing, descentralization, gnutella, computer networks, overlay networks, peer-to-peer networks, resources sharing, file sharing   

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