Algorithmic Principles for Building Efficient Overlay Computers
FP6 IST/FET Integrated Project IST-015964
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Start-End Dates 01/09/2005 - 28/02/2010
Coordinator Kaklamanis, Christos (UoP)
  • University of Patras (UoP)
  • Telecom Italia Learning Services S.p.A. (TILS)
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
  • University of Paderborn (UPB)
  • Research Academic Computer Technology Institute (CTI)
  • Università degli Studi di Salerno (UNISA)
  • University of Ioannina (UOI)
  • Centre Universitaire d' Informatique (CUI)
  • Max-Planck Institut für Informatik (MPII)
  • Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU)
  • Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata" (UDRTV)
  • University of Athens (UOA)
  • Università degli Studi di Padova (UNIPD)
  • Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ)
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
  • Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza" (UDRLS)
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven)
  • Institut National De Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA)
  • Charles University (DIM)
  • University of Cyprus (UCY)
  • Cybernetica (CYB)
  • Radiolabs (RAL)


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 this project 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.




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