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Silberschatz, Galvin and Gagne ©2005

Operating System Concepts

Peer-to-Peer Computing

Another model of distributed system

P2P does not distinguish clients and servers

Instead all nodes are considered peers

May each act as client, server or both

Node must join P2P network

Registers its service with central lookup service on network, or

Broadcast request for service and respond to requests for service via discovery protocol

Examples include Napster and Gnutella

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