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There's so much buzz about peer-to-peer these days, it's hard to separate facts from fiction. How do the peer-to-peer companies stack up? Which technologies are credible, and which will shake up our notions of how people use computers? More importantly, how do you see through the hype to the underlying architectures that yield opportunities for creating lasting value?
The 2001 P2P Networking Overview from O'Reilly Research is a comprehensive look at peer-to-peer from business and technical perspectives. We describe the state of the industry and offer our opinions about where it's going to go next, with hard data to back us up.
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Clay Shirky is a senior analyst for O'Reilly Research covering P2P networking, web services, and bioinformatics. Clay is known for spotting emerging technology trends and as an influential thinker in these key technology areas. In addition to his contributions to O'Reilly Research, he writes for the O'Reilly Network, and is a frequent contributor to Business2.0, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Harvard Business Review. Kelly Truelove is the former founder and CEO of Clip2, a research-and-development company focused on developing network measurement, monitoring, and performance-improvement solutions for P2P technologies, including file-sharing systems. His extensive technical investigations, tracking, and development work with Gnutella, Napster/OpenNap, FastTrack, and other P2P file-sharing systems have made Kelly one of the world's top experts in the field. He holds a Ph.D. in computational physics from Berkeley. Rael Dornfest is a technology analyst for the O'Reilly Network. He conducts research on emerging technologies, assessing their readiness for prime-time. Rael writes articles on and prototypes his experiments for the Network. His focus is on distributed metadata, P2P infrastructure and Web services. Lucas Gonze is the former Cofounder and CEO of WorldOS Corp., a decentralized infrastructure provider. He is an industry expert on the technical infrastructure requirements of Instant Messaging. Prior to WorldOS, his work included the development of servers for coordinating web based multiplayer games, an encrypting proxy, a multiplexing socket proxy, and a real time SQL. He is a regular commentator on P2P and founded the decentralization list.
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