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Peer-to-Peer Systems and Applications

Volume 3485 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 1-5

1. Introduction

  • Klaus WehrleAffiliated withUniversität Tübingen
  • , Ralf SteinmetzAffiliated withTechnische Universität Darmstadt

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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.