ICCS2004 Application Submission/Review

Abstract for
"Rumor-like information dissemination in complex computer networks"


We investigate the dynamics of a rumor-like process for information dissemination in complex computer and communication networks. We perform large-scale Monte Carlo simulations of these process on top of a scale-free network topology, as a prototype model of networks with strongly heterogenous degree distributions, and compare the results with simulations performed for random graphs, which have a homogeneous degree distribution. Our study provides new insights on how the dissemination dynamics is affected by the complex interplay between network structure and the spreading process. Our results are relevant to other complex systems where rumor-like information dissemination takes place