Building Peer Support into Devices by Scaling Down the Web

Greg Bolcer, CTO, Endeavors Technology

Track: Technical Track
Date: Friday, February 16
Time: 1:45pm - 2:15pm
Location: Colonial Room

Devices literally no larger than a matchhead now interact on an equal footing with hosts whose capacity, by every metric imaginable, exceeds that of their lilliputian peer by a factor of 10,000 to 1. Thus, for the first time, personal digital assistants, wireless telephones, and kitchen appliances can peer with hosts anywhere within the network. Within the new world of peer computing, standard Web protocols are the universal level playing field. So long as a device obeys the protocols required for peering, its size, shape, form, and location are irrelevant. This talk will discuss Endeavors Technology's Magi architecture, implementation gotchas, the techniques used for downscaling it to devices including Compaq's iPAQ and PalmOS-based devices, and plans for embedding Magi peer services into other devices. Finally, assuming a world where every device can speak the same language with any other, several novel applications will be presented.