Distributed vs. Decentralized Networks

  Reading current (and past) literature, articles, and blog posts it appears that some confusion exists about the distinction between distributed and decentralized networks (and other entities). We will attempt to shed some light on this topic. The first to describe the structure of decentralized and distributed networks was Paul Baran, a Polish-American engineer working at the RAND corporation in the 1960’s. [1]. His paper is worth reading. However, let us start with at the beginning. What is a centralized network? Centralized A centralized network is depicted as a star. Every node is connected to a central node.     It is clear that by taking out the center node, the network breaks down. Examples could include any structure where

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