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A Peer-to-Peer database server

Lookup NU author(s): Dr John Colquhoun, Professor Paul WatsonORCiD


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Database systems have traditionally used a Client-Server architecture. If the server becomes overloaded, clients will experience an increase in query response time, and in the worst case the server may be unable to provide any service at all. In the domain of file-sharing, the problem of server overloading has been successfully addressed by the use of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) techniques in which clients (peers) supply files - or pieces of files - to each other. This paper describes the Wigan P2P Database System, which was designed to investigate how P2P techniques for reducing server load and so increasing system scalability can be applied successfully in a database environment. Peers cache query results and use them to satisfy each other's queries. Wigan is based on the popular BitTorrent file-sharing protocol.

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Author(s): Colquhoun J, Watson P

Editor(s): Gray, A., Jeffery, K.G., Shao, J.

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Sharing Data, Information and Knowledge: 25th British National Conference on Databases, BNCOD 25

Year of Conference: 2008

Pages: 181-184

ISSN: 0302-9743 (Print) 1611-3349 (Online)

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-70504-8_17

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Series Title: Lecture Notes in Computer Science

ISBN: 9783540705031