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Article:
  Prime-Time Hypermedia
Subject:   HTTP Swarming
Date:   2004-08-10 23:55:56
From:   gojomo
HTTP range requests don't just allow random access to rich media; they also are one step towards using HTTP to swarm-download big files from multiple sources, including peers.


See for example the specs collected at:


http://www.open-content.net/specs/


So, a random small fry with a popular big file could put it on their underpowered, underprovisioned HTTP server -- but then as it grows in popularity various other HTTP mirrors, including end-user P2P caches, would pick up the load.


It's not exactly the same thing, but the Coral HTTP-based content-distribution-network (CDN) is also interesting:


http://www.scs.cs.nyu.edu/coral/