P2P Networking and Applications,
Edition 1
By John Buford, Heather Yu and Eng Keong Lua

Publication Date: 12 Dec 2008
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networks enable users to directly share digital content (such as audio, video, and text files) as well as real-time data (such as telephony traffic) with other users without depending on a central server. Although originally popularized by unlicensed online music services such as Napster, P2P networking has recently emerged as a viable multimillion dollar business model for the distribution of information, telecommunications, and social networking. Written at an accessible level for any reader familiar with fundamental Internet protocols, the book explains the conceptual operations and architecture underlying basic P2P systems using well-known commercial systems as models and also provides the means to improve upon these models with innovations that will better performance, security, and flexibility. Peer-to-Peer Networking and Applications is thus both a valuable starting point and an important reference to those practitioners employed by any of the 200 companies with approximately $400 million invested in this new and lucrative technology.

Key Features

  • Uses well-known commercial P2P systems as models, thus demonstrating real-world applicability.
  • Discusses how current research trends in wireless networking, high-def content, DRM, etc. will intersect with P2P, allowing readers to account for future developments in their designs.
  • Provides online access to the Overlay Weaver P2P emulator, an open-source tool that supports a number of peer-to-peer applications with which readers can practice.
About the author
By John Buford, Avaya Labs, Basking Ridge, NJ, USA; Heather Yu, Huawei Technologies and Eng Keong Lua, NTT Research Laboratories, Tokyo, Japan
Book details
ISBN: 9780123742148
Page Count: 408
Retail Price : £58.99
Oram, Peer-to-Peer: Harnessing the Power of Disruptive Technologies (O'Reilly/2001), $29.95, 448pp, 059600110X. Bookscan = 5549 units. Peterson/Davie, Computer Networks 4e (MK/2007), $99.95, 848pp, 0123705487. Sold 6,175 units in first 8 months. 3e sold 13,500 units in first 24 months.
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