from HTYP, the free directory anyone can edit if they can prove to me that they're not a spambot
Revision as of 20:34, 10 May 2006 by Woozle (talk | contribs)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to navigation Jump to search

peer-to-peer, or P2P, refers to a type of network service connection where users' computers connect together directly without the need for a central server, although one or more central "trackers" are often used to help arrange the connections and track activity. The primary advantage of peer-to-peer over client-server is that there is no central bandwidth (or other resource, such as CPU or storage) bottleneck.

BitTorrent downloads are a popular example of peer-to-peer connectivity.