Peer-to-Peer has emerged as a promising new paradigm for distributed computing, with symmetric communication, as opposed to the Client-Server paradigm. Peer-to-Peer systems are characterized as being decentralized, self-organizing distributed systems, which received a special attention lately. The popularity of Peer-to-Peer networks, which can already be observed in IP-traffic measurements, stems certainly from Internet file sharing domain. However the Peer-to-Peer mindset can be employed beyond these content distribution applications, as in the area of bidirectional communication and collaboration, distributed computing and messaging. Thus the new perspective of Peer-to-Peer networking holds new challenges, e.g. concerning the traffic management in mobile and fixed networks hosted by Internet Service Providers, as well as in enterprise networks. On the other hand an increased flexibility and a higher fault tolerance of the overall system, and an increased network value are only a few possible advantages connected to the idea of Peer-to-Peer networking.
The goal of the Special Issue is to present novel peer-to-peer technologies, protocols, applications and systems, and also to identify key research issues and challenges that lie ahead.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Submissions are expected to consist of not more than 6 pages, with at most 6000 characters. The text can be written either in English or in German. Authors are invited to submit by email a single electronic version of their paper to the address p2p(at)lkn(.)ei(.)tum.de . Both Postscript and PDF formats are the only acceptable formats.
Papers due: October 22, 2002
Notification to authors: November 15, 2002
Camera ready papers due: December 15, 2002
Jörg Eberspächer, LKN, Technische Universität München
Ralf Steinmetz, KOM, Technische Universität Darmstadt