P2P gets a boost in academia

by Andy Oram

Related link: http://www.internet2.edu/activities/html/p2pworkshop.html

After the deflation of the Internet bubble, innovation could
be moving back from the computer industry to its original
home--colleges and universities. While I've talked to people
at many companies that are surviving and bravely building
(even selling) peer-to-peer products, I expect to see
universities return to their central role and produce some
big leaps in the field soon.

So I'm spending the rest of this week at the workshop

Collaborative Computing in Higher Education:
Peer-to-Peer and Beyond

at Arizona State University in Tempe. I'll be speaking at
the workshop, talking to researchers, and weblogging as much
as I can. During my own talk, I'll summarize the P2P
applications I've encountered and the big research
questions--identity, protocols, security, architectures,
routing, metadata, and bandwidth--that computer field needs
to solve.

Collaborative Computing in Higher Education is
supported by the Southeast Universities Research Association (SURA) and the Internet2 consortium. Internet2 is tasked
with the creation of ground-breaking applications for the
Internet. Best known for their high-speed backbone, their
real asset is the high-speed minds of the participating
professors and students. But a lot of people in business
will be among the few hundred people sharing their
experience in Tempe.