The time period "peer-to-peer" has end up utilized to networks that anticipate finish clients to give a contribution their very own documents, computing time, or different assets to a few shared venture. much more attention-grabbing than the platforms' technical underpinnings are their socially disruptive power: in quite a few methods they go back content material, selection, and regulate to usual users.While this booklet is usually in regards to the technical promise of peer-to-peer, we additionally discuss its fascinating social promise. groups were forming on the net for a very long time, yet they've been restricted by means of the flat interactive traits of e-mail and community newsgroups. humans can alternate strategies and ideas over those media, yet have nice trouble commenting on every one other's postings, structuring info, appearing searches, or developing summaries. If instruments supplied how you can arrange info intelligently, and if all people might serve up his or her personal information and retrieve others' info, the chances for collaboration might take off. Peer-to-peer applied sciences in addition to metadata may possibly improve nearly any team of people that percentage an interest--technical, cultural, political, scientific, you identify it.This ebook offers the pursuits that force the builders of the best-known peer-to-peer platforms, the issues they have confronted, and the technical suggestions they have came across. research the following the necessities of peer-to-peer from leaders of the field:
- Nelson Minar and Marc Hedlund of target="new">Popular Power, on a historical past of peer-to-peer
- Clay Shirky of acceleratorgroup, on the place peer-to-peer is probably going to be headed
- Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly & Associates, on redefining the public's perceptions
- Dan Bricklin, cocreator of Visicalc, on harvesting details from end-users
- David Anderson of [email protected], on how [email protected] created the world's greatest computer
- Jeremie Miller of Jabber, on the net as a set of conversations
- Gene Kan of Gnutella and GoneSilent.com, on classes from Gnutella for peer-to-peer technologies
- Adam Langley of Freenet, on Freenet's current and upcoming architecture
- Alan Brown of pink Rover, on a intentionally low-tech content material distribution system
- Marc Waldman, Lorrie Cranor, and Avi Rubin of AT&T Labs, at the Publius undertaking and belief in dispensed systems
- Roger Dingledine, Michael J. Freedman, andDavid Molnar of Free Haven, on source allocation and responsibility in disbursed systems
- Rael Dornfest of O'Reilly Network and Dan Brickley of ILRT/RDF net, on metadata
- Theodore Hong of Freenet, on performance
- Richard Lethin of Reputation Technologies, on how attractiveness may be outfitted online
- Jon Udell ofBYTE and Nimisha Asthagiri andWalter Tuvell of Groove Networks, on security
- Brandon Wiley of Freenet, on gateways among peer-to-peer systems
You'll locate info at the most up-to-date and maximum structures in addition to upcoming efforts during this book.
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