A survey and comparison of distributed systems for group communications suitable for network-centric warfare

Jason Hester, William Yurcik, Roy H. Campbell

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In this work we survey distributed systems that can provide group communications, including both existing commercial systems and proposed research systems. Distributed systems are compared across multiple architectural characteristics such as fault-tolerance, scalability, security, delivery guarantees, and management as well as contrasted against systems utilizing peer-to-peer systems, application-level multicast, and IP layer multicast. Comparing distributed systems which provide group communications is a step toward developing systems appropriate for military network-centric group communications where more research is needed. A secondary result is an attempt to merge group communications terminology between distributed systems, peer-to-peer, application-layer multicast and IP layer multicast.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDefense Transformation and Network-Centric Systems
StatePublished - 2006
EventDefense Transformation and Network-Centric Systems - Kissimmee, FL, United States
Duration: Apr 17 2006Apr 20 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherDefense Transformation and Network-Centric Systems
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityKissimmee, FL


  • Distributed systems
  • Group communications
  • Network-centric
  • Virtual synchrony

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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