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From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :
1. The kind of communication found in a system
using layered protocols. Each software or hardware
component can be considered to communicate only with its
peer in the same layer via the connection provided by the
2. A decentralised file sharing system like BitTorrent,
Gnutella or Kazaa where computers that download data also
store that data and serve it to other downloaders. This
increases the total bandwidth available in proportion to the
number of users and so reduces download time. It also
improves resilience by providing multiple redundant sources
for the same data. This contrasts with client-server where
all clients download the data from a single server (or
mirror), sharing its fixed bandwidth.
Peer-to-peer networks are typically ad-hoc and rely on users
sharing the content they have downloaded for the benefit of
other users. Users who fail to do this are called "leaches".
A "seed" is a node on a peer-to-peer network that is
sharing a complete copy of a file, as opposed to other nodes
that may only have some of the parts into which the file has
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