1. Introduction

  • Klaus Wehrle
  • Ralf Steinmetz
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3485)

Abstract

The term “Peer-to-Peer” has drawn much attention in the last few years; particularly for applications providing file-sharing, but distributed computing and Internet-based telephony have also been successfully implemented. Within these applications the Peer-to-Peer concept is mainly used to share files, i.e., the exchange of diverse media data, like music, films, and programs. The growth in the usage of these applications is enormous and even more rapid than that of the World Wide Web. Also, much of the attention focused on early Peer-to-Peer systems concerned copyright issues of shared content.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Klaus Wehrle
    • 1
  • Ralf Steinmetz
    • 2
  1. 1.Universität Tübingen 
  2. 2.Technische Universität Darmstadt 

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