Peer-to-Peer Systems II

Volume 2735 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 33-44

Towards a Common API for Structured Peer-to-Peer Overlays

  • Frank DabekAffiliated withMIT Laboratory for Computer Science
  • , Ben ZhaoAffiliated withUniversity of California
  • , Peter DruschelAffiliated withRice University
  • , John KubiatowiczAffiliated withUniversity of California
  • , Ion StoicaAffiliated withUniversity of California

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In this paper, we describe an ongoing effort to define common APIs for structured peer-to-peer overlays and the key abstractions that can be built on them. In doing so, we hope to facilitate independent innovation in overlay protocols, services, and applications, to allow direct experimental comparisons, and to encourage application development by third parties. We provide a snapshot of our efforts and discuss open problems in an effort to solicit feedback from the research community.