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august 24, 2000 |
formation of the peer-to-peer working group

Announced the formation of the Peer-to-Peer Working Group at the Intel Developer's Forum. Peer-to-peer computing is sharing of computer resources and services by direct exchange.

The *Peer-to-Peer Working Group* is a consortium for advancement of infrastructure standards for peer-to-peer style computing. Their goal is to develop infrastructure standards to enable peer-to-peer computing everywhere. The group will meet for the first time in September.

The announcement was made at the keynote "Peer to Peer - The Next Computing Frontier" address by Patrick P. Gelsinger. "We move from a hierarchical structure to one of more a grid or a lattice... And the fundamental idea is the sharing of computing resource via this direct exchange between computers or peers in a peer-to-peer environment... When we say the direct exchange of resources, what do we mean?... It's the sharing of information, specific files, data, etcetera, that I have on my machine, sharing of cycles or MIPs or computing power, or the sharing of storage and disk space on the machine... We see a range of peer-to-peer computing models... That peer-to-peer computing could usher in the next generation of the Internet, much as we saw Mosaic spark the last... before Mosaic we had a whopping 50 Web servers. One year after Mosaic appeared, we have a whopping 10,000 Web servers. And we think of this as sort of a spark. Mosaic had some interesting and clever technology and implementation. But, fundamentally, it unleashed the value that had been developed over that 30-year period prior to its emergence. We think of this as the trigger point that sparked the entire e-revolution... We think Napster, Gnutella, FreeNet is the spark for peer-to-peer computing... We see peer-to-peer computing as a natural complement to the infrastructure that we've been building. Craig Barrett suggested this vision of a billion connected computers, connecting everything, every PC, every other device, building this massive fabric. And we are marching very well on our way toward the billion connected computers. But out of that, we see peer-to-peer computing as a natural self-organizing complement where I don't interact with a billion computers, but all of a sudden I want to interact with these 50 or these 100. You know, it's a self-organizing complement, an addition to centralized client/server computing that can now emerge due to this massive amount of bandwidth that's been deployed, the massive amount of connectivity that the end points, the power of those end points on a ubiquitous protocol underlying it all. Out of this, we see what we'll call and suggest the self-organized Web, that we see this natural self-organization in a peer-to-peer environment organizing. This organization, these little Webs that emerge, in the peer-to-peer model, these little lattices that overlay the Web that might last for a nanosecond, a week, it might last forever. And in those, they make available and take advantage of computing services and resources, storage, bandwidth..in peer-to-peer, is that just like Mosaic in the Internet, it's not new. We are building on a firm foundation of greater than 20 years of distributed computing research...I'm very happy today to announce the formation of the Peer-to-Peer Working Group, an initiative that we're putting in place and being joined by these 19 companies to create a peer-to-peer computing environment and work together ... Of these companies, Distributed Science, Popular Power, United Devices, Life Cycle, Enfish, Engenia, Apple Soup, Applied MetaComputing, Dotcast, CenterSpan, Static, Groove Networks, Entropia, Uprizer, Mangosoft. In addition to the many startup companies, in fact, I've been shocked, now around 75 different startup companies in the peer-to-peer space... IBM, HP, and Intel as well have committed to participate in the working group."
Intel Forms Peer-To-Peer Working Group
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