J. Mishra and S. Ahuja (USA)
: peer-to-peer, P2P, file-sharing,
computational power sharing.
The peer-to-peer (P2P) architecture has seen a lot of
interest in the recent past due to the popularity of
file-sharing applications based on it. P2P has also
provided an interesting solution by which complex
problems requiring powerful supercomputers can be
solved by a network of desktop computers. This
article provides a survey of the state of the art in the
peer-to-peer technology field. It covers the
architecture and issues with both the file-sharing
applications as well as the computational power
sharing applications of the P2P architecture.