A Peer-to-Peer System for Small Group Collaboration

W.H. Allen and G. Farrington (USA)


peer-to-peer applications, ad hoc collaboration distributed systems, user interfaces


We present Mindshare, a peer-to-peer system for small group collaboration. This paper details the motivation behind its design and provides details of its construction and operation. Our solution focuses on the needs of small collaborating groups with limited computing experience and resources. Mindshare allows group members to share an unlimited number of files and to use a graphical interface to organize those files into a unified hierarchical file system. Mindshare synchronizes files between users without user intervention. Its robust design allows files to be distributed among users even while their creators are offline and allows users to work with files contributed by any group members.

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