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Distributed Systems Topologies: Part 1
How does Gnutella's "network" differ from the one that Napster used, or SETI at Home? Nelson Minar describes the essential frameworks for distributed networks used today.
Gnutella Blown Away? Not Exactly
Two recent articles compared Morpheus' and Gnutella's simultaneous users, and found Gnutella lagging. But before we write off Gnutella, the author writes, we should realize these numbers say nothing about the number of network users.
With the unveiling of Project JXTA, Sun is launching an open and decentralized peer-to-peer network, that will likely eclipse Gnutella.
Now that Napsters filters are in place, where should one go to continue file-sharing? We take a look at the most popular file-sharing programs being used as an alternative to Napster.
Gnutella and the Transient Web
Gnutella returns the Web to Tim Berners-Lee's original vision of a two-way web, where every machine is a server. Gnutella is essentially a two-way, but very transient web.
Gene Kan & Mike Clary on Sun's Infrasearch Buy
On March 6, Sun announced their acquisition of InfraSearch -- the Gnutella-inspired P2P search technology. We talked with Infrasearch's Gene Kan and Sun's Mike Clary to better understand the purchase.
Gnutella: Alive, Well, and Changing Fast
While Gnutella was almost given up for dead at the end of 2000, recent developments and innovations show that the platform is quickly evolving. How it will evolve, however, is still up in the air
In Praise of Freeloaders
Systems like MojoNation promise to fix the "problem" of freeloading. Trouble is, there's no trouble. P2P is not a Tragedy of the Digital Commons, it's a Cornucopia.
Free Riding on Gnutella
Xerox PARC researchers found that nearly half the files shared on the service come from one percent of the hosts. Could this unequal distribution of the burden jeopardize the file-sharing service?
Gnutella and Freenet Represent True Technological Innovation
Gnutella and Freenet, in different ways, make the location of documents irrelevant; the search string becomes the location. Andy Oram explains how they work.
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P2P: Everything old is new again
"Will P2P turn out to be the push of 2001? At this point, the hype and fanfare surrounding P2P smells an awful lot like the hoopla that surrounded push technology. Perhaps if the pundits ask the users what they want this time around, the end result might be different." [Source: News Forge]
Gnutella: To the Bandwidth Barrier and Beyond
In this report, Clip2 DSS describes the evolution and present condition of the Gnutella peer-to-peer file-sharing network based on substantial data gathered over a five-month period. Significantly, we find the network has neither smoothly scaled nor catastrophically collapsed since average traffic grew to regularly exceed dial-up modem bandwidth in August 2000. Instead, the network persists in a fragmented state comprised of numerous continuously evolving responsive segments, the largest of which typically contains hundreds of hosts. We estimate at present that unique Gnutella users per day number no less than 10,000 and may range as high as 30,000. We suggest that further technical innovation and wide adoption of this innovation are necessary for the Gnutella network to scale beyond its present state. [Source: clip2.com]
Intelligent Connection Management - Version 1.0: Maximizing Connection
This paper discusses several methods of "connection management" (the process of determining which connections to keep and which to drop) in Gnutella. [Source: Ben Houston]
Zeropaid.com is a news and resource site covering technological and cultural topics of interest to the greater Gnutella-based File Sharing community. Highlights include numerous well-written and thoughtful articles regarding the legal and social implications of the rapidly-changing intellectual property landscape and interviews with some of P2P's most prolific personalities. Other features of the site include a "New User Gnuide", a Gnutella tutorial designed to get newbies up and running on the network,and a File Sharing Guide with a built-in rating system. [Source: Zeropaid.com]
This site provides a comprehensive directory of Gnutella downloads, along with quick links to documentation, general information, tutorials and a collection of Guntella developer forums. [Source: Gnutelliums]
Gnutella News provides a well organized interface for keeping track of the latest in Gnutella-oriented client software updates, technical issues, political issues, and the latest articles from the peer-to-peer media at large. The site also features announcements and first-hand accounts straight from the developer trenches. [Source: Gnutella News]
Gnutella spreading itself thin
By Ben Charny. "Predictions that Gnutella would quickly offer an effective file-swapping alternative to Napster have proven premature, with the technology's own developers admitting more work is needed before it will take off as a way to trade free music and other digital wares." [Source: ZDNet News]
Gnutella Protocol Specification v0.4
Gnutella Protocol Specification v0.4 is Clip2's comprehensive and definitive guide to version 0.4 of the Gnutella protocol as commonly implemented. [Source: Clip2]
Improving the Gnutella Network
There are two major problems plaguing the Gnutella network: the abundance of freeloaders and the reliance on broadcast messages. This document describes these problems and addresses how they can be resolved with minor changes to the protocol. [Source: LimeWire]
Gnute Network Search
Gnute Network Search is a searchable directory that allows users to locate and download audio, image, movie and software files located on the Gnutella P2P network. There's also a New File Monitor feature to get to the newest files quickly. [Source: AudioFind]
The popularity of Gnutella queries and its implications on scalability
This white paper by Kunwadee Sripanidkulchai of Carnegie Mellon University provides a detailed analysis of the characteristics of query and reply traffic on the Guntella network. Based on his own findings combined with the research of others over the last few months, it appears that caching popular search queries could provide a short-term solution to the network's current scalability problems until its architecture can be reengineered to provide a content location protocol that does not broadcast queries. [Source: Kunwadee Sripanidkulchai]
Gnutella Targeted for Piracy Control
By Jon Healy. "In the wake of its legal victory over Napster, the recording industry is shifting its focus from lawsuits to high-tech silver bullets as it tries to clamp down on online song swapping. The Recording Industry Assn. of America has been meeting privately with Internet security firms to learn about their anti-piracy technologies." [Source: Los Angeles Times]
Free Riding on Gnutella
By Eytan Adar and Bernardo A. Huberman. "An extensive analysis of user traffic on Gnutella shows a significant amount of free riding in the system. By sampling messages on the Gnutella network over a 24-hour period, we established that almost 70% of Gnutella users share no files, and nearly 50% of all responses are returned by the top 1% of sharing hosts. Furthermore, we found out that free riding is distributed evenly between domains, so that no one group contributes significantly more than others, and that peers that volunteer to share files are not necessarily those who have desirable ones."
See also the O'Reilly Network's interview with Eytan available in MP3 and RealAudio. [Source: Internet Ecologies Area, Xerox Palo Alto Res]