Re: Intel Forms Peer-to-Peer Working Group

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From: Jeff Bone (
Date: Thu Aug 24 2000 - 13:12:01 PDT

Terrace Mountain Systems is another one....


Adam Rifkin wrote:

> [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
> future."
> 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
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> 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
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