This chapter describes some of the background information needed to facilitate the understanding of the research work described this book. There are several XML-based standards in the area of Web services. A brief survey of the most important standards needed to understand this book will be presented. In addition, some of the traditional protocols (e.g. multicast routing protocols) and network routing algorithms are reviewed to provide background knowledge for the chapters related to the network optimisation of Web Services to improve their overall performance.
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