Intel Forms Peer-to-Peer Working Group

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From: Adam Rifkin (Adam@KnowNow.Com)
Date: Thu Aug 24 2000 - 12:48:51 PDT

[Good companies who I'm not currently working for that in my mind fit the
description of peer-to-peer computing but aren't listed in Intel working
group (yet): Napster, Mithral, WhatUWant, GoneSilent (was Infrasearch),
Clickfeed, Endeavors, iPal, Avogadro, Userland, Centrata, Firedrop...
anyone I'm missing?]

Intel Forms Peer-to-Peer Working Group Thursday, August 24, 2000 11:59 AM

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 24, 2000--Intel Corporation today
announced the formation of an industry working group to foster standards
and protocols for peer-to-peer computing, particularly in business
environments. In a keynote here, Patrick Gelsinger, vice president and
chief technology officer, Intel Architecture Group, outlined how this
emerging Internet-computing approach could give corporations a significant
new capability to more efficiently use their computing resources.

"Peer-to-peer computing could be as important to Internet's future as the
Web browser was to its past," said Gelsinger. "While the most visible
impact of this model has been in consumer environments, peer-to-peer
computing has the potential to play a major role in business computing as
well. By adding peer-to-peer capabilities, corporations can tap into
existing teraflops of performance and terabytes of storage to make today's
applications more efficient and enable entirely new applications in the

Industry Group to Aid Implementation

Gelsinger called on other industry leaders to join Intel and others in the
new Peer-to-Peer Working Group, which will analyze the issues surrounding
the deployment of peer-to-peer computing, including security, storage
management and interoperability. The group's charter is to foster
standards, create the necessary infrastructure for this technology and
develop applications that would help implement it. In addition to Intel,
current members of the group are: AppleSoup, Applied MetaComputing,
CenterSpan, Distributed Science, Dotcast, Enfish Technology, Engenia
Software, Entropia, Groove Networks, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Kalepa,
MangoSoft, Popular Power, Static, United Devices, Uprizer and vtel.

Peer-to-Peer Computing

Peer-to-peer computing is a set of technologies that enable the direct
exchange of services or data between computers. In such a business
computing environment, servers, desktops and notebook PCs in a network
become peers that contribute all or part of their resources -- such as
processing power or storage -- to the enterprise. This type of architecture
transforms client computers from mere consumers of services to service
providers as well. For example, an Information Technology (IT) department
can tap into a company's computers and use their collective computing power
and storage to perform data-intensive calculations or simulations over a
network without overloading the corporate infrastructure.

As the workload for servers in corporations continues to grow, peer-to-peer
computing can also be used to offload common server tasks such as file
serving or virus protection to other peers on a network, allowing servers
to focus on other tasks such as handling business transactions.

At the Intel Developer Forum, several potential new applications of
peer-to-peer computing, including self-organizing Webs and peer-to-peer
edge services, were demonstrated in an industry showcase. Intel also
disclosed it will begin internal trials of several of these technologies
later this year.

About IDF

The Intel Developer Forum Conference is Intel's premier technical forum
comprising nearly 250 sessions and hands-on labs and more than 100
demonstrations of cutting-edge products and technologies. IDF attracts
thousands of hardware and software developers worldwide. Now in its third
year, the semi-annual conference provides hardware OEMs (original equipment
manufacturers), IHVs (independent hardware vendors), and ISVs (independent
software vendors) with in-depth information on Intel technologies and
initiatives. More information on the Intel Developer Forum can be found at Updated information is available between
Intel Developer Forums in the Intel Developer Update Magazine at

Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of
computer, networking and communications products. Additional information
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