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peer-to-peer network

[¦pir tə ¦pir ′net‚wərk]
A local-area network in which there is no central controller and all the nodes have equal access to the resources of the network.

peer-to-peer network

(1) A network of computers configured to allow certain files and folders to be shared with everyone or with selected users. Peer-to-peer networks are quite common in small offices that do not use a dedicated file server. All client versions of Windows, Mac and Linux can function as nodes in a peer-to-peer network and allow their files to be shared.

Files and folders can be configured to allow network users to copy them, but not alter them in their original location, which is a common safety precaution. However, files and folders can also be assigned a "read/write" status that allows either selected users or all users on the network to change them. See share. See also grid computing.

(2) Using the Internet as the world's largest file sharing network. Originally for music files, and subsequently for videos, this type of sharing was popularized by the famous Napster service as well as Gnutella (, Grokster (, KaZaA ( and others. Users upload copyrighted songs to a central server, a group of servers or to selected user computers, and people download the files that are available. Almost every song ever recorded has been uploaded to some music sharing venue.

In 2003, Napster was resurrected into a legitimate service competing with other online music stores such as iTunes ( and Yahoo! Music Jukebox (formerly MusicMatch) ( Although Apple legally sold more than a billion songs from its iTunes music service in 2006, it was estimated that more than 15 billion copyrighted songs were illegally shared or downloaded from websites in that same year.

File sharing systems are architected in different ways as outlined in the following illustrations. See Napster, KaZaA, BitTorrent, dark Web and P2P TV.

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The basic architecture of a P2P network is shown in Fig.
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The default setting for most P2P networks ensures that individual downloading files are simultaneously uploading files, which means if you download movies you are often distributing illegal content to others.
1] propose a query algorithm based on multiple random walks that reduce P2P network traffic and show that uniform random graphs yield the best performance among various network topologies.
The FTC also recommended that the entities identify affected customers and employees and consider whether to notify them that their information is available on P2P networks.
While Akamai hasn't exactly done an about-face on P2P, since this article was written the company did acquire Red Swoosh and its P2P network and desktop download client.
In a P2P network with N peers and a global document collection D, the first strategy divides D over the peer network, and each peer [P.
3 is the only software that downloads the same file at the same time from Kazaa, Gnutella, and Gnutella 2 P2P networks, and the Internet.
It is stated that the P2P network connects directly to a central office through a dedicated fibre, offering distinct flexibility, cost-efficiency and high-volume symmetrical bandwidth when compared to shared medium networks.
With the change from C/S network topology to P2P network topology, service of streaming media is becoming an important network service on the Internet.