Iron Clouds

A true P2P cloud does not have a core of iron. By this I mean that there can be no static IP or server providing the gateway or facilitating the communication between nodes within a distributed application.

You can argue this one with me for years and you won’t convince me otherwise. I know that Groove has an iron core cloud. I know that Userland is thinking of an iron core cloud that can move about the nodes. UDDI is based on the premise of a centralized source of information about services that just happens to get striped and mirrorer. Striped — chunked off. Mirrored — distributed to different servers. And don’t focus on the the distributed in the latter, keep your eye on the server.

Server == iron

iron == control

Freenet comes closest to being the truest form of a cloud but there is an assumption that the gateway to the cloud must be known in some way, a pre-known entrance. According to the Ian Clarke’s Freenet: A Distributed Anonymous Information Storage and Retrieval System, “A new node can join the network by discovering the address of one or more existing nodes through out-of-band means, then starting to send messages”.

Can we have P2P clouds without some touch of iron? Can we have transient gateways into P2P networks without relying on some form of pre-knowledge, such as a static IP?

Ask yourselves this — I’m looking for information about C#, specifically about the CLR (Common Language Runtime) and the Common Language Interface (CLI).

Keys are: C# CLR CLI

Go to Google, enter the words, click on I’m Feeling Lucky — and say hi to me in passing.

We don’t need P2P clouds with cores of iron; what we need is new ways of looking at existing technologies.

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