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Due to their ability to overcome many shortcomings associated with the contemporary client-server paradigm, Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networks have attracted phenomenal interests from researchers in both academia and industry. Interactive and multimedia streaming applications using P2P networks are, however, often prone to long startup delays, which disrupt the smooth playback and undermine users' perceived quality of service. In addition, P2P networks must be able to support a potential number of users while ensuring that the resources are efficiently utilized. In this paper, by addressing these shortcomings in the traditional P2P framework, the authors envision a novel scheme to effectively provide a Video-on-Demand (VoD) using P2P-based mesh overlay networks.
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