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The utility and the effectiveness of Peer-To-Peer (P2P) content distribution systems can be greatly enhanced by augmenting their ad-hoc content discovery mechanisms with two capabilities, namely a mechanism to enable the peers to register their queries and receive notifications when corresponding data-items are added to the network and a means for the peers to advertise their new content. While P2P-based publish-subscribe systems can infuse these capabilities, developing full-fledged publish-subscribe systems on top of unstructured P2P networks requires complex techniques, and it is often an overkill for many P2P applications. For these applications, the authors study the alternate continuous query paradigm, which is functionally similar to publish-subscribe systems, but provides best-effort notification guarantees.
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