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TechZ - P2P what that ???

Written by Quakeboy on Monday, December 18, 2006

Anybody who uses the internet must have come across the term P2P atleast once. Lets see a brief review about this. P2P stands for peer to peer - A peer-to-peer (or P2P) computer network is a network that relies primarily on the computing power and bandwidth of the participants in the network rather than concentrating it in a relatively low number of servers. P2P networks are typically used for connecting nodes via largely ad hoc connections. Such networks are useful for many purposes. Sharing content files (see file sharing) containing audio, video, data or anything in digital format is very common, and realtime data, such as telephony traffic, is also passed using P2P technology.

Peer-to-peer (“P2P”) technology was first widely deployed and popularized by file-sharing applications such as Napster and KaZaA. In this context, P2P technology allows users to share, search for and download files. The P2P term has been widely used and just as often abused. Companies both large and small, self-proclaimed “pundits” and others to trying to cash in on the “P2P buzz” use this term as long as it involves some direct communication between users or nodes. This description of P2P completely misses the point. A true P2P system, in our opinion, is one where all nodes in a network join together dynamically to participate in traffic routing-, processing- and bandwidth intensive tasks that would otherwise be handled by central servers.
A true P2P application empowers small teams with good ideas to develop software and businesses that can successfully challenge those of large companies. True P2P, when applied to ripe markets, is disruptive technology.

P2P telephony became a natural next step where P2P could have a significant disruptive impact and Skype was founded to develop the first P2P telephony network.

Some more file sharing programs using P2P technology are Bittorrent, Limewire, Bear share etc.
But P2P has become the primary protocol for sharing illegal content over the web, What ever you need be it the latest NFS Carbon, Any latest movies, Music, E books, Applications everything is being shared on the net using this technology.

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