Peer-to-peer computing (Introduction to Topic 7)

A. Montresor, D.H.J. Epema, M. Jelasity, J. Jorba

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    After a decade of intensive investigation, peer-to-peer computing has established itself as an accepted research field in the general area of distributed systems. peer-to-peer computing can be seen as the democratization of computing-overthrowing the old regime of hierarchies as in client-server systems-largely brought about by last-mile network improvements which have made individual PCs first-class citizens in the computer world. Initially, much of the focus in peer-to-peer systems was on best-effort file sharing. However, over the last few years, research has also been directed at trying to make peer-to-peer systems satisfy properties and have functionality as exhibited by more traditional forms of distributed systems. Examples of such properties and functionality, which in principle run counter to the disorganized nature of peer-to-peer systems, are certain levels of security and providing reliable distributed storage such as required by databases.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEuro-Par 2008 - Parallel Processing (14th International Euro-Par Conference, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, August 26-29, 2008. Proceedings)
    EditorsE. Luque, T. Margalef, D. Benítez
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    ISBN (Print)3-540-85450-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743


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