Difference between Client-server, peer 2 peer and Master Server?

Loregoreth 101 Apr 27, 2006 at 21:40

I always wondered the difference between Client-Server , peer 2 peer, and a Master server. I think I have a basic understanding of what they are…
I was wondering if someone could explain to me some of the similarities and differences of them.

Thanks in advance,

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Reedbeta 167 Apr 27, 2006 at 23:04

In a client-server network, there is one distinguished host which acts as the server, and all the clients connect to the server (not directly to each other). Therefore, if you were to draw a diagram of the network it would look like a star, with the server in the middle and connections radiating out to each client. In a peer-to-peer network, all hosts are of equal status, and may make connections arbitrarily to one another, so the graph of the network topology would have connections going every which way. The “master server” system is really just for when you have so much data that one machine can’t act as the server - then you replace the “server” by its own client-server network with one “master server” and several “slave servers”, all of which appear to the outside world (the original clients) as effectively a single entity.