Algorithmic Principles for Building Efficient Overlay Computers

The recent explosive growth of the Internet gives rise to the possibility of a global computer of grand-scale consisting of Internet-connected computing entities (possibly mobile, with varying computational capabilities, connected among them with different communication media), globally available and able to provide to its users a rich menu of high-level integrated services that make use of its aggregated computational power, storage space, and information resources. Achieving this efficiently and transparently is a major challenge that can be overcome by introducing an intermediate layer, the overlay computer. The goal of AEOLUS is to investigate the principles and develop the algorithmic methods for building such an overlay computer that enables this efficient and transparent access to the resources of an Internet-based global computer. AEOLUS is an Integrated European Project founded within the Sixth Framework Programme.

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