Efficient processing of XPath queries with structured overlay networks

Non-trivial search predicates beyond mere equality are at the current focus of P2P research. Structured queries, as an important type of non-trivial search, have been studied extensively mainly for unstructured P2P systems so far. As unstructured P2P systems do not use indexing, structured queries are very easy to implement since they can be treated equally to any other type of query. However, this comes at the expense of very high bandwidth consumption and limitations in terms of guarantees and expressiveness that can be provided. Structured P2P systems are an efficient alternative as they typically offer logarithmic search complexity in the number of peers. Though the use of a distributed index (typically a distributed hash table) makes the implementation of structured queries more efficient, it also introduces considerable complexity, and thus only a few approaches exist so far. In this paper we present a first solution for efficiently supporting structured queries, more specifically, XPath queries, in structured P2P systems. For the moment we focus on supporting queries with descendant axes (``//") and wildcards (``*") and do not address joins. The results presented in this paper provide foundational basic functionalities to be used by higher-level query engines for more efficient, complex query support.

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