P2P Networking and Applications

P2P Networking and Applications

1st Edition - December 12, 2008

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  • Authors: John Buford, Heather Yu, Eng Lua
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123742148
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080921198

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Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networks enable users to directly share digital content (such as audio, video, and text files) as well as real-time data (such as telephony traffic) with other users without depending on a central server. Although originally popularized by unlicensed online music services such as Napster, P2P networking has recently emerged as a viable multimillion dollar business model for the distribution of information, telecommunications, and social networking. Written at an accessible level for any reader familiar with fundamental Internet protocols, the book explains the conceptual operations and architecture underlying basic P2P systems using well-known commercial systems as models and also provides the means to improve upon these models with innovations that will better performance, security, and flexibility. Peer-to-Peer Networking and Applications is thus both a valuable starting point and an important reference to those practitioners employed by any of the 200 companies with approximately $400 million invested in this new and lucrative technology.

Key Features

  • Uses well-known commercial P2P systems as models, thus demonstrating real-world applicability.
  • Discusses how current research trends in wireless networking, high-def content, DRM, etc. will intersect with P2P, allowing readers to account for future developments in their designs.
  • Provides online access to the Overlay Weaver P2P emulator, an open-source tool that supports a number of peer-to-peer applications with which readers can practice.


Practitioners and researchers; IT managers; content providers; hardware or software developers; systems engineers; network service providers, network architects and designers; network operators and engineers

Table of Contents

  • Ch1: Introduction
    Ch2: Peer-to-Peer Concepts
    Ch3: Unstructured Overlays
    Ch4: Structured Overlays—Geometry and Routing
    Ch5: Overlay Dynamics
    Ch6: Peer-to-Peer in Practice
    Ch7: Search
    Ch8: Peer-to-Peer Content Delivery
    Ch9: Peercasting and Overlay Multicasting
    Ch10: Measurement
    Ch11: Service Overlays
    Ch12: Voice over Peer-to-Peer
    Ch13: Mobility
    Ch14: Security
    Ch15: Managed Overlays

Product details

  • No. of pages: 408
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Morgan Kaufmann 2008
  • Published: December 12, 2008
  • Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123742148
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080921198

About the Authors

John Buford

Affiliations and Expertise

Avaya Labs, Basking Ridge, NJ, USA

Heather Yu

Dr. Heather Yu is a Senior Scientist at Panasonic Information and Networking Technologies Laboratory. She received her B.S. degree from Peking University, her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University each in Electrical Engineering.

Affiliations and Expertise

Huawei Technologies

Eng Lua

Affiliations and Expertise

NTT Research Laboratories, Tokyo, Japan

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