- Stefan SchmidAffiliated withComputer Science, Telekom Laboratories/TU Berlin
- , Roger WattenhoferAffiliated withComputer Science, Telekom Laboratories/TU Berlin
In popular media coverage, p2p is often synonymous to software or protocols that allow users to “share” files (music, software, books, movies, etc.). p2p file sharing is very popular and a large fraction of the total Internet traffic is due to p2p.
In academia, the term p2p is used mostly in two ways. A narrow view essentially defines p2p as the “theory behind file-sharing protocols.” In other words, how do Internet hosts need to be organized in order to deliver a search engine to find (share) content (files) efficiently? A popular term is “distributed hash table” (DHT), a distributed data structure that implements such a content search engine. A DHT should support at least a search (for a key) and an insert(key, object) operation. A DHT has many a ...
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