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Peer-to-Peer Networking: An Overview

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Peer-to-Peer Networking: An Overview

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networks function similarly to other networks in that they follow a general client-host model. The differences lie in the number of hosts used by a given client and the way the client finds the host to be contacted. In this way, the various P2P implementations vary based upon two basic dynamics: hierarchy (which peers count as possible hosts) and structure (how information is communicated to potential clients).

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