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Chapter 26. Peer-to-Peer Communication

Chapter 26. Peer-to-Peer Communication

One of the buzzwords in the computer business is peer-to-peer, or P2P. It is communication between two (or more) computers directly. It could be called one-to-one because they are essentially the same. This is unlike other communications models, such as master/slave or client/server. It denotes a level of operating inequality between the two (generally, one is more centrally located). In some cases, the P2P exchange might give each computer client/server capabilities. This exchange can be either public or private.

This chapter is about file sharing—hooking two computers together. It allows for an efficient way to exchange data without servers. It's a hot topic. The nuances between a P2P and a client/server connection are slight, but there are differences. The easiest way to explain this is to start by defining the terms and their associated parts.


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