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DOI:   10.3217/jucs-001-02-0084


A Scalable Architecture for Maintaining Referential Integrity in Distributed Information Systems

Frank Kappe (IICM, Graz University of Technology, Austria)

Abstract: One of the problems that we experience with today's most widespread Internet Information Systems (like WWW or Gopher) is the lack of support for maintaining referential integrity. Whenever a resource is (re)moved, dangling references from other resources may occur.

This paper presents a scalable architecture for automatic maintenance of referential integrity in large (thousands of servers) distributed information systems. A central feature of the proposed architecture is the p-flood algorithm, which is a scalable, robust, prioritizable, probabilistic server-server protocol for efficient distribution of update information to a large collection of servers.

The p-flood algorithm is now implemented in the Hyper-G system, but may in principle also be implemented as an add-on for existing WWW and Gopher servers.

Keywords: Hypertext, Link Consistency, Distributed Information System, Internet, Gopher, WWW, Hyper-G, Scalability, p-flood.

Keywords: Distributed Information System, Gopher, Hyper-G, Hypertext, Internet, Link Consistency, Scalability, WWW, p-flood

Categories: C.2.4, H.5.1