Peer-to-Peer Networks for Content Sharing
Choon Hoong Ding (The University of Melbourne, Australia), Sarana Nutanong (The University of Melbourne, Australia) and Rajkumar Buyya (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
Copyright: © 2005
Peer-to-peer (P2P) systems are popularly used as “file swapping” networks to support distributed content sharing. A number of P2P networks for file sharing have been developed and deployed. Napster, Gnutella, and Fasttrack are three popular P2P systems. This chapter presents a broad overview of P2P computing and focuses on content sharing networks and technologies. It also emphasizes on the analysis of network topologies used in popular P2P systems. In addition, this chapter also identifies and describes architecture models and compares various characteristics of four P2P systems—Napster, Gnutella, Fasttrack, and OpenFT.