Bridging the gap: Augmenting centralized systems with P2P technologies

Jay A. Patel, Indranil Gupta

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The last few years have seen a burgeoning of p2p designs, but also a worrisome push back and skeptical resistance against much of this research (and development). We propose a new research direction that seeks to find common ground between the purely centralized architecture and the p2p systems. We propose a new class of systems called "P2P-izers", which incentivize existing centralized infrastructures to utilize p2p solutions. A P2P-izer ensures that p2p technologies compliment existing centralized solutions. Finally, we show the feasibility of this direction by experimentally quantifying the advantages of a simple proof of concept P2P-izer solution for website hosting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-17
Number of pages4
JournalOperating Systems Review (ACM)
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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