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Peer-to-Peer Computing

Building Supercomputers with Web Technologies


  • The reader will learn how to build their own P2P system

  • A new P2P model will be introduced

  • Software will be provided

  • Examples will be given so that readers can test different approaches

  • The model can support 2 to several million computers

  • Java will be used as the programming language and can be implemented on different platforms

  • Wireless P2P systems will be presented in the book


Part of the Computer Communications and Networks book series (CCN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Alfred Wai-Sing Loo
    Pages 1-8
  3. Alfred Wai-Sing Loo
    Pages 9-17
  4. Alfred Wai-Sing Loo
    Pages 18-27
  5. Alfred Wai-Sing Loo
    Pages 28-33
  6. Alfred Wai-Sing Loo
    Pages 34-55
  7. Alfred Wai-Sing Loo
    Pages 56-66
  8. Alfred Wai-Sing Loo
    Pages 67-90
  9. Alfred Wai-Sing Loo
    Pages 91-105
  10. Alfred Wai-Sing Loo
    Pages 106-133
  11. Alfred Wai-Sing Loo
    Pages 134-146
  12. Alfred Wai-Sing Loo
    Pages 147-164
  13. Alfred Wai-Sing Loo
    Pages 165-174
  14. Alfred Wai-Sing Loo
    Pages 175-187
  15. Alfred Wai-Sing Loo
    Pages 188-195
  16. Alfred Wai-Sing Loo
    Pages 196-208
  17. Alfred Wai-Sing Loo
    Pages 209-226
  18. Alfred Wai-Sing Loo
    Pages 227-239
  19. Alfred Wai-Sing Loo
    Pages 240-247
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 248-268

About this book


Client/Server architecture was first proposed in the late 1980s as an alternative to conventional mainframe systems. Mainframe processing quickly becomes a bottleneck in any information system, but client/server models shift the processing burden to the client computer. Through workload sharing, client/server systems can improve overall efficiency while reducing budgets.

Companies are again searching for ways to improve their processing power without further investment in new hardware and software. Many client computers are idle most of the time, and have unused disk space. The next logical step is to maximise the resources of these computers, and the peer-to-peer (P2P) model is the answer.

A new and simple peer-to-peer model will be introduced in this book. In it:

  • Readers will be taught to install peer-to-peer systems which can then manage and distribute the processing power of any number of clients.
  • The size of network can range from two to over a million computers.
  • The software necessary to implement peer-to-peer systems quickly can be downloaded from the book’s website at

The deployment of web technologies will enable individuals and organisations of all sizes to use computers across a network as though it were a single supercomputer to solve complex problems, and after reading this book, readers will be able to install a peer-to-peer system of any size.


Hardware Internet Mainframe Parallel Computing Peer WWW computer architecture distributed systems download organization supercomputer

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computing and Decision SciencesLingnan UniversityTuen MunHong Kong

About the authors

The author is a lecturer at Lingnan University in Hong Kong and also has the following accreditations.

BSc, MSc, PhD.

Chartered Engineer, United Kingdom.

Chartered Mathematician, United Kingdom.

Chartered Information Technology Professional, United Kingdom.


He has been a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Distributed Computing and Applications to Business, Engineering and Science in 2001, 2002 and 2004. They are planning to hold the next conference in London in late 2005 or early 2006.

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