Globule: A platform for self-replicating web documents

Guillaume Pierre, Maarten van Steen

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Replicating Web documents at a worldwide scale can help reduce userperceived latency and wide-area network traffic. This paper presents the design of Globule, a platform that automates all aspects of such replication: server-to-server peering negotiation, creation and destruction of replicas, selection of the most appropriate replication strategies on a per-document basis, consistency management and transparent redirection of clients to replicas. Globule is initially directed to support standard Web documents. However, it can also be applied to streamoriented documents. To facilitate the transition from a non-replicated server to a replicated one, we designed Globule as a module for the Apache Web server. Therefore, converting Web documents should require no more than compiling a new module into Apache and editing a configuration file.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProtocols for Multimedia Systems
Subtitle of host publication6th International Conference, PROMS 2001 Enschede, The Netherlands, October 17–19, 2001 Proceedings
EditorsMarten J. van Sinderen, Lambert J.M. Nieuwenhuis
Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-45481-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-42708-7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Conference on Protocols for Multimedia Systems, PROMS 2001 - Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 17 Oct 200119 Oct 2001
Conference number: 6

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference6th International Conference on Protocols for Multimedia Systems, PROMS 2001
Abbreviated titlePROMS


  • Access pattern
  • Content distribution network
  • Dynamic document
  • Replication protocol
  • Apache server


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