Supporting ad hoc collaborations in peer-to-peer networks
Bhana, I., Johnson, D. and Alexandrov, N. S. (2004) Supporting ad hoc collaborations in peer-to-peer networks. In: Bader, D. A. and Khokhar, A. A. (eds.) Parallel and Distributed Computing Systems. International Society Computer S & Their Applications (ISCA), pp. 491-496. ISBN 1880843528
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Traditionally, applications and tools supporting collaborative computing have been designed only with personal computers in mind and support a limited range of computing and network platforms. These applications are therefore not well equipped to deal with network heterogeneity and, in particular, do not cope well with dynamic network topologies. Progress in this area must be made if we are to fulfil the needs of users and support the diversity, mobility, and portability that are likely to characterise group work in future. This paper describes a groupware platform called Coco that is designed to support collaboration in a heterogeneous network environment. The work demonstrates that progress in the p development of a generic supporting groupware is achievable, even in the context of heterogeneous and dynamic networks. The work demonstrates the progress made in the development of an underlying communications infrastructure, building on peer-to-peer concept and topologies to improve scalability and robustness.