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From: holger:rebol at: 30-Sep-2001 16:08

On Sun, Sep 30, 2001 at 11:07:08PM +0200, Petr Krenzelok wrote:
> Hi, > > some time ago Holger described P2P term in a very nice way. I can send you > the message once I get to my work's computer tomorrow morning. > > What does Carl mean by distributing servers themselves is beyond my > imagination now. I just don't think it is possible to pass sockets to > another processes. I think few ppl here already asked about it, but it was > never answered IIRC ... I can be of course completly off-topic here :-)
Distribute in the topological sense, not the marketing/sales sense, i.e. Carl is talking about distributing servers across a network of machines. There is no need to have only one single central server. One can think of all kinds of topologies, e.g. slave servers running off one master, cascaded servers, multi-star setups, and even servers which are dynamically "created" from clients based on network load (assuming clients which are reachable the way servers are, i.e. no firewalls etc.). These servers would act as a single "logical" server (one name, a common state), distributed across multiple machines. Express does not do these things yet, but there is no reason why it should not be able to do it in the future, transparently to applications. -- Holger Kruse [holger--rebol--com]