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Defining P2P

In P2P, a peer both provides and consumes services. A group of peers can then provide and consume services to and from each other without dependence on any one server. With this understanding, there’s an assumption that this consumption and distribution occurs when the peer is connected. Within some P2P enabled applications, the communication may be […]

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Next Generation P2P?

John Robb at Userland has defined a set of constraints for what he considers to be next generation of P2P. I appreciate that he’s put Userland architecture interests online — it generates conversation. However, I am concerned about the interpretation of “P2P”, for what is, essentially a lightweight server system. Requirement one: The ability for individual […]

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UDDI and Discovery

Questions: How do you compare UDDI to other methods of discovering networked resources (may or may not be web services) What’s the difference a global UDDI registry and… – Google: controlled by a single organization – dmoz.org: open, and replicated by other search engines – DNS: governed by ICANN, but organizations can apply to be […]

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Golden Gateway

Julian started a Usenet thread at comp.distributed (viewable at Google) about the Golden Gateway — how do you find the first node in a P2P network? Without any reliance on any centralized service? Viewing the responses, there is an assumption that entry points have to be known at some point — through a friend or a server or some other […]

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Morpheus Shut Down

Recovered from the Wayback Machine. And over at John’s the discussion is about the shut down of Morpheus, software based on Fast Track, as is Kazaa. I believe I mentioned this last week that any P2P network that has iron – no matter how minute – in the cloud can be shut down. I will refrain from saying […]