Publish/subscribe mechanisms for scalable event dissemination are a core component of many distributed systems ranging from Enterprise Application Integration middleware to news dissemination in the Internet. Hence, a lot of research has been done on overlay networks for efficient decentralized topic-based routing. Specifically, in gossip-based dissemination, bringing nodes with shared interests closer in the overlay makes dissemination more efficient. Unfortunately, this usually requires fully disclosing interests to nearby nodes and impacts reliability due to clustering. In this paper we address this by starting with multiple overlays, one for each topic subscribed, that then separately self-organize to maximize the number of shared physical links, thereby leading to reduced message traffic and maintenance overhead. This is achieved without disclosing a node’s topic subscription to any node that isn’t subscribed to the same topic and without impacting the robustness of the overlay. Besides presenting the overlay management protocol, we evaluate it using simulation in order to validate our results
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