So many ideas and so many technologies are swirling around P2P --
decentralization, distributed computing, web services, JXTA, UDDI,
SOAP -- that its sometimes hard to see order in the chaos. If we look
past the labels and the individual applications, though, we can see
one thing clearly: The twin revolutions of the PC and the internet
collided in 1994, and for half a dozen years after, browser+server was
the indispensible internet architecture.
Today, we are witnessing a Great Re-wiring, a chance to reconsider how
the world's devices connect to the internet and to one another outside
the browser+server framework, and no matter what label we choose for
it, this re-wiring is transforming the network and how we use it.