Synergy: An Overlay Internetworking Architecture and Implementation

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Executive Summary

A multitude of overlay network designs for resilient routing, multicasting, quality of service, content distribution, storage, and object location have been proposed. Overlay networks offer several attractive features, including ease of deployment, flexibility, adaptivity, and an infrastructure for collaboration among hosts. In this paper, the authors explore cooperation among coexisting, possibly heterogeneous, overlay networks. They discuss a spectrum of cooperative forwarding and information sharing services, and investigate the associated scalability, heterogeneity, and security problems.

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