Cooperative storage systems; Distributed storage systems; Wide-area storage systems
Peer-to-peer (P2P) storage is a paradigm to leverage the combined storage capacity of a network of storage devices (peers) contributed typically by autonomous end-users as a common pool of storage space to store and share content, and is designed to provide persistence and availability of the stored content despite unreliability of the individual autonomous peers in a decentralized environment.
For diverse reasons including fault-tolerance, load-balance or response time, or geographic distribution of end users, distributed data stores have been around for a long while. This includes distributed databases, distributed file systems and Usenet servers among others. Usenet servers communicated among each other in a peer-to-peer manner, and replicated content.
While some redundancy is necessary for fault tolerance, replicating all content at all peers is a very...
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