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Peer to peer Network Architecture

PEER TO PEER NETWORK ARCHITECTURE


In a Peer-to-peer networking architecture each computer has equivalent capabilities and responsibilities. There is no server. computers simply connect with each other in a workgroup to share files, printers, and Internet access. 

P2P may also be used to refer to a single software program designed so that each instance of the program may act as both client and server, with the same responsibilities and status.

P2P networks have many applications, but the most common is for content distribution. This includes software publication and distribution, content delivery networks, streaming media and peercasting for multicasting streams, which facilitates on-demand content delivery. Other applications involve science, networking, search and communication networks. 

Software for peer-to-peer networks is included with most modern desktop operating systems, such as Windows and Mac OS, with no special network software needing to be purchased

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