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Does gravitational gossip weigh heavy on your local area network (LAN)?

The World Wide Web has proven useful in disseminating information. However, it is extremely difficult to track its spread in such complex network. One simplification is to model it as a small Local Area Network. Previous work has shown that a gossip-based multicast can be an effective tool for modeling the flow of information on a local area network. We examine the effect of different networks within this mathematical framework. We propose a general mathematical model that incorporates the susceptibility and infectivity of a given machine in a local area network. We also use the concept of proportionate mixing to model the spread of information among heterogeneous patches, where each patch consists of users an non-users of an information router.

Article Number:
MTBI-01-4M

Year:
2004

Authors:
Reynaldo Castro-Estrada, Arizona State University
Anthony Billups, Northeastern University
Wilbert Fernandez, Arizona State University

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