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2. What Is This “Peer-to-Peer” About?

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3485)

Abstract

Currently, a new and highly interesting paradigm for communication on the Internet, known as Peer-to-Peer (P2P), is emerging. Although originally designed exclusively for pragmatic (and legally controversial) file swapping applications, Peer-to-Peer mechanisms can be used to access any kind of distributed resources and may offer new possibilities for Internet-based applications.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Technische Universität Darmstadt 
  2. 2.Universität Tübingen 

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