The term "peer-to-peer" has come to be applied to networks that expect end users to contribute their own files, computing time, or other resources to some shared project. Even more interesting than the systems' technical underpinnings are their socially disruptive potential: in various ways they return content, choice, and control to ordinary users.
While this book is mostly about the technical promise of peer-to-peer, we also talk about its exciting social promise. Communities have been forming on the Internet for a long time, but they have been limited by the flat interactive qualities of email and Network newsgroups. People can exchange recommendations and ideas over these media, but have great difficulty commenting on each other's postings, structuring information, performing searches, or creating summaries. If tools provided ways to organize information intelligently, and if each person could serve up his or her own data and retrieve others' data, the possibilities for collaboration would take off. Peer-to-peer technologies along with metadata could enhance almost any group of people who share an interest--technical, cultural, political, medical, you name it.
This book presents the goals that drive the developers of the best-known peer-to-peer systems, the problems they've faced, and the technical solutions they've found. Learn here the essentials of peer-to-peer from leaders of the field: Nelson Minar and Marc Hedlund of target="new">Popular Power, on a history of peer-to-peer Clay Shirky of acceleratorgroup, on where peer-to-peer is likely to be headed Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly & Associates, on redefining the public's perceptions Dan Bricklin, cocreator of Visicalc, on harvesting information from end-users David Anderson of SETI@home, on how SETI@Home created the world's largest computer Jeremie Miller of Jabber, on the Internet as a collection of conversations Gene Kan of Gnutella and GoneSilent.com, on lessons from Gnutella for peer-to-peer technologies Adam Langley of Freenet, on Freenet's present and upcoming architecture Alan Brown of Red Rover, on a deliberately low-tech content distribution system Marc Waldman, Lorrie Cranor, and Avi Rubin of AT&T Labs, on the Publius project and trust in distributed systems Roger Dingledine, Michael J. Freedman, and David Molnar of Free Haven, on resource allocation and accountability in distributed systems Rael Dornfest of O'Reilly Network and Dan Brickley of ILRT/RDF Web, on metadata Theodore Hong of Freenet, on performance Richard Lethin of Reputation Technologies, on how reputation can be built online Jon Udell of BYTE and Nimisha Asthagiri and Walter Tuvell of Groove Networks, on security Brandon Wiley of Freenet, on gateways between peer-to-peer systems
You'll find information on the latest and greatest systems as well as upcoming efforts in this book.
'Provides an interesting insight in to the world of P2P;, the projects currently tearing up the ;net and the future of the technology. Initial repetition aside, this is a well thought out and useful book which is definitely worth reading.- Linux Format, October 2001 'All in all a typical well-presented O'Reilly package - nice paper, good hardback binding and excellent content.' - Lindsay Marshall, news@UK, June 2001 'Essential reading for budding computer scientists and leaders of oppressive regimes' Computer Shopper, June 2001 'I have used this much space on this particular book because it is currently the best text I have seen that gives a wide introduction to P2P technologies and trends, and there is absolutely no question that infosec practitioners will have to understand this subject.' Information Security Bulletin, May 2001 (2 page review)
Preface Andy Oram Part I. Context and Overview 1. A Network of Peers: Peer-to-Peer Models Through the History of the Internet Nelson Minar and Marc Hedlund 2. Listening to Napster Clay Shirky 3. Remaking the Peer-to-Peer Meme Tim O'Reilly 4. The Cornucopia of the Commons Dan Bricklin Part II. Projects 5. SETI@home David Anderson 6. Jabber: Conversational Technologies Jeremie Miller 7. Mixmaster Remailers Adam Langley 8. Gnutella Gene Kan 9. Freenet Adam Langley 10. Red Rover Alan Brown 11. Publius Marc Waldman, Lorrie Faith Cranor, and Avi Rubin 12. Free Haven Roger Dingledine, Michael J. Freedman, and David Molnar Part III. Technical Topics 13. Metadata Rael Dornfest and Dan Brickley 14. Performance Theodore Hong 15. Trust Marc Waldman, Lorrie Faith Cranor, and Avi Rubin 16. Accountability Roger Dingledine, Michael J. Freedman, and David Molnar 17. Reputation Richard Lethin 18. Security Jon Udell, Nimisha Asthagiri, and Walter Tuvell 19. Interoperability Through Gateways Brandon Wiley Afterword Andy Oram Appendix: Directory of Peer-to-Peer Projects Index