[ba-ohs-talk] Fwd: CG: Peer-to-peer services with existing APIs
>From: "John F. Sowa" <email@example.com>
>Many people have been talking about peer-to-peer services that allow
>collaboration among ordinary desktop computers. One example is
>Napster and similar services, but they use special APIs that require
>There is a project at IBM, called uServ, which allows any individual
>or group to share files with just the ordinary http protocols used
>by web browsers. Instead of distributing e-mail attachments, uServ
>lets people send e-mail that contains a URL to any file on their own
>computer that they want to share.
>Following is an excerpt from the documentation.
>One reason for the web's success is that it makes it extremely easy to
>access content. uServ is a system that makes publishing content just as
>easy, and at a very low cost. uServ harnesses existing desktop computing
>infrastructure, allowing its users to pool resources to provide high
>availability web hosting and file sharing. By using existing web and
>internet protocols (e.g. HTTP, DNS), uServ does not require those who
>access uServ-published content to install special purpose software.
>Its high availability, wide accessibility, and low cost make uServ a
>superior alternative to paid hosting services and other content sharing
>networks for a wide class of users.
>uServ is currently deployed internally in IBM where it is has been tried
>by almost 2000 users and is actively used by over 900. Other deployments
>of uServ are in progress.
> uServ: A Web Hosting and Content Sharing Tool for the Masses
>We propose and describe the uServ system, which exploits peer-to-peer
>techniques to provide easy to use, low-cost web publishing of content.
>With uServ, ordinary PC owners can use their own hardware to cheaply
>put content on the web. Unlike simply installing and enabling something
>like Apache HTTP Server [Ap] or some other webserver on your own
>machine, uServ is a complete web hosting solution:
> 1. By simply running the software, you are immediately assigned a
> convenient domain name which always directs to your site content,
> even if your ISP assigns IP addresses dynamically.
> 2. By pooling resources of a group of friends, content can remain
> accessible even after your computer is turned off.
> 3. Even firewalled users (or users who otherwise cannot accept inbound
> connections) can publish content from their own machine.
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