Super-Peer Architectures for Distributed Computing

Distributed Computing has been the holy grain of software industry for the last 3 decades, solving problems in domains of business applications, scientific computations and large scale collaborative systems to name a few. Over this period, the architecture of software systems has evolved, typically following the evolution of hardware systems from mainframes in the 70's, client/server systems in the 80's and early 90's, thin-clients in the late 90's and more recent peer-to-peer distributed systems at the start of this decade. This whitepaper compares and evaluate various software infrastructure topologies with respect to characteristics like scalability, performance, reliability and manageability, among others, with a view towards determining the best overall topology for general-purpose distributed computing and the solution of a wide range of business problems.

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