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Balancing the load in a decentralized P2P system is a challenging problem due to the dynamic nature of such environment and the absence of global knowledge about the actual composition of the system. In this paper, the authors address the problem of load balancing in large scale and self-organizing P2P systems managing multidimensional data. They propose simple and efficient decentralized mechanisms to evenly distribute the data load among the participating nodes in Content Addressable Networks. The basic idea is to enable a new node that joins the system to share the load with a heavily loaded node which is already in the system, such that the load is still evenly distributed among all the participating nodes.
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