The Lonely NATed Node

Date Added: Jan 2011
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In this paper the authors take the position that current research in the area of distributed systems has all but forgotten about one of the largest collective Internet resources - the NATed node. These are hosts that are behind Network Address Translation (NAT) gateways and are hidden by the fact that they have private IP addresses. They argue that Distributed-Hash Tables, P2P systems, and Grid Computing could greatly benefit by tapping into this forgotten pool of resources. Also, they give an outline of a service, the Distributed-Hash Queue (DHQ) that can enable these NATed resources to be exploited.