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[REBOL] The Circle - one ring no rulers

From: jason::cunliffe::verizon::net at: 1-Aug-2002 10:54

Greetings: Thought y'all might be interested in this Excellent slides presentation: <quote from main url> The Circle is a scalable decentralized peer to peer application. Which is quite a mouthful. In English, what this means is that it is free from any kind of control, there's no central authority running the show. Which means no censorship, no entry taxes, no one booting you off the network, and no weak point which can break the whole system. As long is there's one Circle peer running, anywhere in the world, there's still a network. What is more, unlike gnutella, things won't start breaking once the network gets big. The Circle currently provides: File sharing Instant messaging and IRC style chat A personalized, trust based news service Proxying for the Debian apt system The Circle is written in Python, and currenly runs on Linux, BSD and Windows. Porting it to other operating systems should not be too difficult. At the core of the Circle is a decentralized hashtable, or "Chord". This is used to allow things like keyword searching. The use of the decentralized hashtable should mean that it won't have the scalability problems of a Gnutella style network, while also avoiding the need for a central server and therefore a single point of failure. Details of its operation are given in the "Technical Details" section below. The searching mechanism should scale to millions of nodes. Well, that's the theory. In practice, we have no idea: that's where you come in :-) Help us find out! </quote> ..The author, Paul Harris is a very smart creative guy. Be sure to check out his home page Resynthesizer: I'd love to hear about the architecture of REBOL/IOS compared to The Circle cheers ./Jason ______________________________________________ Jason Cunliffe [NOMADICS: Director art+design] Tel/fax: +1 718 422-1078 [jasonic--nomadics--org] N 43:00.000' W 074:31.875' ALT:1144 ft 84 Henry Street #3C Brooklyn NY 11201 USA