It was with the growth information- and file-sharing technologies like
and Freenet, that peer-to-peer computing
really came into its own.
A guide to global file sharing
along with selected
links on this topic will
help you better understand the architecture and the advantages of this
concept. Additional resources are available here .
Smart decentralisation through these
networks and resources on modern file sharing over the Internet is available here.
Developments in this technology are tracked by the Peer-to-Peer working
group that facilitates the
"advancement of the peer-to-peer community at-large by creating best
practices that enable interoperability among computing and networking
Napster and ICQ are some of the applications that started taking advantage
of this technology and this article from HowStuffWorks lets you into the
intricacies of Napster's working.
Most technologies are however, still incomplete or are in various phases of
development. The O'Reilly Peer to Peer Web Services Conference in November this year will also be a
forum for discussion on this topic.
P2P networking terminology
Some writings on peer to peer
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