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Social networking sites have enhanced the Web by providing online "Communities" where users can easily create identities; establish relationships between identities, and share resources with one another across the Web. The availability of social networking APIs, such as Open Social or the Face book platform, make it possible for third-party developers to tap into these social relationships and design socially-aware applications. In this paper, the authors describe how social networking groups can be used to help create virtual private computing clusters that consist of nodes spanning different administrative domains and organizations. To demonstrate the feasibility and usage of the approach, they developed a fully functional prototype implementation and present the quantitative results of the virtual private network.
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