Real-time Collaborative Environments and the Grid

Colin Perkins and Ladan Gharai

Proceedings of the Workshop on Advanced Collaborative Environments (WACE'04), Nice, France, September 2004.

We describe some of the issues inherent in running real-time collaborative environments in heterogeneous and fragmented networks, showing how these issues are only partially addressed by both IETF and Grid standards. We propose a new architecture, based on a peer-to-peer overlay IP network to abstract the complexity and heterogeneity of the underlying network. Our architecture is realised as a middleware layer, simplifying deployment of new collaborative environments.

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